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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.

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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