Hurricane Sandy Relief Information
American Red Cross
12/11/12, Submitted by Mary Elizabeth Cisneros - VP and Deputy General Counsel
Q 1: What is the approximate dollar amount of donations and pledges that
your organization has received to date in response to Hurricane Sandy?
A 1: The American Red Cross has received approximately $188 million in donations and
pledges as of December 10, 2012.
Q 2: Will these funds be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief? If not,
approximately what portion will be used for Hurricane Sandy relief and
what other purposes will funds be used for?
A 2: After the emergency relief part of our work is complete, we will use any remaining
donations for Sandy to meet the longer-term needs of the affected communities. An
average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian
services and programs.
Q 3: Approximately how much has your organization spent to date on Hurricane
A 3: The Red Cross relief operations across 11 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto
Rico will cost an estimated $110 million by the end of December 2012.
Q 4: What services has your organization provided to those affected by Hurricane
Sandy? What populations or geographical areas are being served by your
organization in response to Hurricane Sandy? What services does it expect to
provide in the future?
A 4: As of December 10, 2012, the Red Cross has served more than 8.7 million meals and
snacks, and provided over 98,000 health services and emotional support contacts to
people affected by Sandy in 11 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The
Red Cross has also distributed more than 6.5 million relief items, and activated more
than 300 response vehicles. Since Sandy hit, the Red Cross has provided more than
81,000 shelter stays and supported additional shelters operated by states and local
municipalities throughout the Sandy-affected states and areas.
While the Red Cross is still in the emergency relief part of our response, we are
planning to provide services in the future to serve the long-term needs of communities
and individuals affected by this disaster. We are working with communities, FEMA and
HUD Secretary Donovan, Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, to plan
recovery activities and determine where those needs are greatest, and how the Red
Cross can assist in meeting those needs.
Q 5: Has your organization provided funding to other organizations for Hurricane
Sandy relief efforts? If so, which organizations have received those funds
and what is the approximate dollar amount provided to them? How does
your organization determine the need for funding?
A 5: We usually do not provide funding to other organizations during the emergency relief
phase because we are focused on delivering services to the affected individuals.
However, due to the extraordinary needs of Hurricane Sandy, we have funded other
The determination for funding a partner organization is mostly driven by client need.
For example, the Red Cross provided approximately $205,000 to Feeding America, with
whom we worked on a large food distribution program in the emergency relief phase
because our clients needed food. In response to our offer to provide funding to
local groups supplying Thanksgiving meals, we have received sixty-eight requests for
reimbursement. We are in the process of tabulating and finalizing the expenses from
Q 6: Has your organization provided, or does it intend to provide, direct financial
assistance to individuals, families or businesses for Hurricane Sandy relief?
If so, what is the approximate dollar amount that your organization
has provided to date and approximately how much direct financial assistance
does it expect to provide in the future? How does your organization
determine the need for assistance?
A 6: The Red Cross usually only provides financial assistance in the case of smaller
disasters, where emergency cash assistance from the Red Cross is the only financial
resource available, and is done on a case-by-case basis.
In a large disaster such as this, FEMA, the Small Business Administration and other
government agencies are providing financial assistance to people and businesses and
the Red Cross is encouraging those affected to apply with those agencies. Partnering
with government agencies such as FEMA and other groups, we will identify victims with
long-term needs and work with multiple resources in the community to build an
individual recovery plan for them. This plan could include funding to help in the
Nonetheless, the Red Cross is providing some limited financial assistance during its
emergency relief phase. In response to a request from the City of New York, the Red
Cross has provided $192,000 in financial assistance to clients in the New York City
hotel program to buy food. The Red Cross has also provided limited financial
assistance, $81,281, to people in the states and areas affected by Sandy with verified
health or mental health needs caused or exacerbated by the storm and for funeral
To determine the need for assistance, Red Cross case workers meet with these clients
to verify that they have needs directly caused by the disaster, to evaluate if they
can access resources from other agencies and to verify that they lived in storm
Q 7: Does your organization have a plan in place on how to use any surplus funds
not spent for Hurricane Sandy relief? If so, please describe that plan.
A 7: The Red Cross will honor the wishes of our donors, and after the emergency relief
phase is completed, we will use any remaining donations for Sandy to assist with the
greatest longer-term needs for individuals affected by this disaster.
We are actively working to determine how the Red Cross can help meet those longer-term
needs. We are developing specific plans by working with FEMA, HUD Secretary Donovan,
Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and the impacted communities. The
plans will also identify resources available from both Red Cross and other
organizations, such as government agencies and other relief groups, to help with
Q 8: Will all donations received via text message since October 29, 2012 be used
solely for Hurricane Sandy relief? If not, please explain how such funds will
A 8: As with all donations, after the emergency relief part of our work is complete, we
will use any remaining text message donations for Sandy to meet the longer-term needs
of the affected communities. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross
spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
Q 9: Will all donations and pledges made through the November 2, 2012 telethon
sponsored by NBC Universal be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief?
If not, please explain how such funds will be used.
A 9: All donations and pledges made through the November 2, 2012 telethon sponsored by NBC
Universal will be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery. An average of
91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and
Q10: Will the American Red Cross be providing any long-term assistance to victims
of Hurricane Sandy, i.e. services beyond the distribution of meals and emergency
relief supplies and the provision of emergency shelter? If so, please describe
A10: Yes. Please responses to questions 4 and 7.