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How You Can Help Those Braving Sandy’s Storm on the East Coast: Twin Cities Give Back

From world travelers to day-traders, we’re feeling the impact of Hurricane Sandy on our lives here in the Upper Midwest. Here are a few ways to help those in the storm’s path.

More than 60 million people will feel some sort of direct impact from Hurricane Sandy and the other storm systems swirling in the Northeastern United States.
Nationwide, however, the “Frankenstorm” impact is spreading, from the shutdown of Wall Street today to canceled travel plans all around the country.

According to AccuWeather.com CEO Barry Myers, "Sandy is a hurricane wrapped in a winter storm."

Many Twin Cities residents often look at their computer screen or television and wonder, “What can I do to help?” Such is our nature.
Here are a few ideas.  This is a developing list.

Red Cross
The Red Cross has started a preventative campaign in areas of the Northeast, using SMS and sound trucks to provide early warning messages. Emergency response teams are also in place, ready to hand out relief supplies for up to 11,000 families. In the United States, the Red Cross has released an app that allows users to track the impending storm, receive weather alerts, directions to the nearest shelter, tools like a flashlight, strobe light, alarm, and even a one-touch “I’m Safe” button that uses social media to let family and friends know you’re safe

Twin Cities residents can support those efforts by donating, locally, to the Red Cross.

The majority of Twin Cities residents can make donations locally via the Twin Cities Chapter.

In Wright County, donations can work locally with the Central Minnesota Chapter.

The eastern areas of Stillwater, Hudson and communities along the St. Croix River can use the St. Croix Valley chapter.

The Salvation Army
Residents can donate by credit card at thesalarmy.org or by calling 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).

Save The Children
Save The Children provides child-friendly space kits, including diapers and hygiene items. The organization also maintains a U.S. Emergencies Fund, that allow for disaster planning, emergency preparedness, response and recovery work and psychological support. Save the Children says it's committed to the same level of support for the impending storm. Learn more here.

Catholic Charities
The national page is accepting pledges delivered via local churches and shelters. Visit the website here.

Michael Hindin October 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Add Nechama to the list (http://nechama.org/) and you have a list of wonderful organizions I have worked with as a volunteer on many storms and floods. Nechama is a highly successful, well trained and and well equiped effort of the Minnesota Jewish Community to work with communities, individuals and all of the above organizations when disaster strikes. They have expand once local efforts nation wide. Give what you can. Volunteer and you will get very tired and dirty and enjoy every rewarding minute of it.
Amy Paddock October 31, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Thanks for that info Mike
Michael Hindin October 31, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Please follow instructions and provide the type of aid requested. Usually requests are for cash because it is easier and more efficient to source needed supplies immediatly outside of disater area with the shortest transport distance. Distant offices of these NGOs are not equipped or staffed to handle and ship supplies. Excessive transportation distance is wasteful of resources and increases carbon footprint. Sending a busload of supplies that are not requested or expected would cause logistical problems in a disaster area. These folks know what they are doing and have an emergency management plan that is designed to handle a car wreck and rapidly grow to handle a leaking tank truck all the way to this multi state national disaster. This blueprint is called the Incident Command System (you can learn this on line) which alows a smooth transfer of authority and roles as a the incident and response grows. Federal, State, local governments, military and NGOs know how to communidcate and plug in to the system when and where needed. This also indludes marshalling volunteers in an orderly safe and effective manner. Sure is nice when the Red Cross or Salvation Army refreshment truck shows up right when you need it!. Also please stay out of disaster areas unless you are part of the organized response. Volunteer sign ups are advertised. Gawkers are really annoying, violate the victims dignity, and are always in the way. The TV crews get the best pictures so watch your TV.
yomammy October 31, 2012 at 01:05 PM
anyone else having issues posting? not seeing messages? did i get banned? :)
Micheal Foley October 31, 2012 at 04:35 PM
The hurricane out east has impacted some of the features and capabilities of Patch websites and email newsletters. Bear with us.
Heyitsme October 31, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Also, don't just show up and want to help. They have enough problems without adding more people into the mix. Find out what help a community wants. Many hotels are full, can't drive on many streets, and restaurants and grocery stores are not stocked. Leave it to the "professionals". I am from PA, MD, WV and VA areas -- they have flooding, no power, snow and many trees are down. They are asking for local help. One friend near Somerset, PA has been without power 36 hours and they are flooded and have snow. Western Maryland (Allegany and Garrett Counties), 75% of the population is without power due to snow.
deborah November 02, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I live across the country but have a home with empty rooms & heat. I am offering this up to anyone on the east coast that is able to make their way to Idaho. Respond to this and further infomation will follow. God Bless you all!
Barbie November 02, 2012 at 10:39 PM
My friend and I are starting a donation at our school....we are willing to give the money to the people in need...we hope things start getting better where they are worse...god bless you(:
Michael Hindin November 02, 2012 at 11:27 PM
In addition to supporting people in need, remember to support emergency personnel including firefighters, police officers, EMTs, utility workers, public employes, national guard personnel, volunteers and many others who get to work when the going gets tough. In addition, support FEMA and the many government agencies and NGOs that coordinate and play many critical support functions during disasters. I personally thank them daily and I will remember them when I vote on November 6th. Woe to politicians who disparage public workers and public agencies!

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