Taking a break from the usual blogging topics as I have been engrossed in all the coverage of hurricane Sandy.  I’m originally from New Jersey, so this storm has hit hard home.  In case you are wondering how to help people affected by the storm, one way is through the Red Cross.  To donate, visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Other information around efforts to help the east coast:

(taken straight from The Huffington Post):

The Red Cross: In the United States, the Red Cross has released an app that allows users to track the storm, receive weather alerts, obtain directions to the nearest shelter and use a one-touch “I’m Safe” button that lets family and friends know you’re safe.The New York Blood Center is calling for donations to prevent any shortages after the storm hits. The organization is working with local hospitals to make sure they have an adequate supply. The center needs at least 2,000 donations a day to maintain its blood inventory.AmeriCares is preparing to deliver relief supplies like medicine, first aid kits, cleaning products and flashlights to susceptible communities along the East Coast. It has reached out to 100 health clinics, food banks and other agencies and also seeks aid workers ready to help.

The Feeding America network of food banks and agencies is prepared to deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need. Its food banks will also set up additional emergency distribution sites, as needed.

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