A history with hurricanes

The East Coast is no stranger to hurricanes, and neither is the American Red Cross.

Here, a brief look at some of our responses over the years:

When more than 4 million people needed help following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005, millions of people, foundations and corporations rose to the occasion and helped through the American Red Cross. With all the hard work and helping devastating families, the Red Cross created the Hurricane Recovery Program to address the long-term needs of survivors.

With the help of many Red Cross partners, donors, and volunteers, The Hurricane Recovery Program was able to help tens of thousands of individuals and families who needed help over the longer term.

Emotional support and behavioral health initiatives enabled about 187,500 individuals to enroll in personalized local mental health services.  In addition, more than 200 community organizations received funding to provide recovery-related services.

In August 2012, the Red Cross launched large disaster responses across multiple states along the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Isaac affected millions of people with strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and coastal surges.

In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy made landfall and became the biggest U.S. disaster response by the Red Cross in more than five years. The generous support of so many people and companies across the country has enabled the Red Cross to provide food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to tens of thousands of people impacted by Sandy. The recovery effort is still ongoing.


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