Red Cross is assisting thousands of people affected by a massive storm which has recently passed through the Caribbean before hitting the north east of the United States of America.
Millions of people have been impacted by the storm, with many neighborhoods flooded, power outages and damaged homes. The huge storm left more than 100 people dead.
Thousands of Red Cross staff and volunteers are working hard to get help where it is needed.
Across the region, affected people are being assisted by Red Cross with shelter, meals and water. Other assistance like first aid and emotional support is also being provided to thousands of people.
Tens of thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed in the United States and Caribbean countries, including Cuba, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Red Cross is working to assist many of those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed across the region.
In the United States, 11,000 people have been assisted in more than 250 Red Cross shelters across 16 states in the US including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and North Carolina.
In the Caribbean Red Cross is responding to the needs of 25,000 families.
In Haiti, around 17,000 people were evacuated, including people still living in camps after the 2010 earthquake.
Australian Red Cross shelter specialist aid worker, Tim Stats, has joined an emergency response team in Haiti, assessing the needs of affected communities and assisting with the relief efforts.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Haiti are still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed tens of thousands and left 1.5 million people homeless.
Finding out about family and friends
Australians seeking information about Australians in the United States or the Caribbean should go to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
People seeking information about Australians in the disaster affected areas, can also contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 (within Australia) or +61 (02) 6261-3305 (from outside Australia).
Anyone seeking information about family and friends can also contact the Australian Red Cross Tracing Service.
|ACT (02) 6234 7600
QLD (07) 3367 7222
NSW (02) 9229 4266
NT: (08) 8924 3900
|SA (08) 8100 4500
TAS (03) 6235 6077
VIC (03) 8327 7883
WA (08) 9225 8888
Australian Red Cross is on standby to support Red Cross Movement Partners in the affected region by sending specialist aid workers to assist in assessments, relief and recovery operations.
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To find out more go to American Red Cross website or the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies who are assisting many of the millions affected.
Photos: Jamaica Red Cross Shelter Specialist, Emeline Decorey, speaks with people whose homes have been severely damaged by hurricane Sandy in Jamaica (Anna-Maija Beloff/IFRC). Nurse Lucy Perna checks blood pressure for Mary Hakes of Absecon, New Jersey. (Les Stone/American Red Cross).