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Press Release on CCUSA Prepare for Hurricane Sandy 10.27.12

Press Release on CCUSA Prepare for Hurricane Sandy 10.27.12

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Catholic Charities USA and Local Agencies Prepare for Sandy (Oct 27, 2012)
Catholic Charities USA and Local Agencies Prepare for Sandy (Oct 27, 2012)

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 For Immediate Release
October 27, 2012 Contact: Patricia Cole(571) 527-3344
Catholic Charities USA and Local AgenciesPrepare for Hurricane Sandy
Alexandria, VA - As the East coast prepares for the impact of Hurricane Sandy, Catholic Charities USA
(CCUSA) one of the country’s leaders in disaster response, is working with its network of local agencies
to ensure they have provisions in place to provide for any possible needs the Hurricane may create intheir communities.Rev. L
arry Snyder, President of CCUSA says, “Since Hurricane Katrina, we have focused on beingprepared for future disasters. He adds, “Not only are we early responders, but our presence in the
community also puts us in a position to be able to quickly assess and provide support in the long-
term.”
 
In a call with CCUSA’s disaster response team with agencies along the east coast that may be impacted
by the storm, it was clear that the most difficult part of the preparedness process is the uncertainty thatexists from not knowing exactly what the impact will be.
“One of the biggest mistakes people make is taking these types of weather warnings lightly.” SaysSamuel Chambers, Senior Vice President of CCUSA’s Disaster Operations, “Reports from the National
Weather Service make it clear that many of our agencies on the East coast--from New York all the waydown to Florida--will be feeling some impact from Hurricane Sandy and we stand ready to provide
whatever support they need to meet the needs of those affected.”
 When preparing for an emergency, individuals should assemble a kit with basic household items and
essentials in the event you need to evacuate at a moment’s notice and are unable to return for a period
of time. It is recommended that you have enough bottled water, food, and other supplies such ascharged cell phones and batteries, to last at least 72 hours should an emergency force you to have tosurvive on your own.It is also a good idea to have cash on you, as power outages caused by the storm could impact access toATMs and stores may not be able to process credit card purchases.For regular updates and resources on Hurricane Sandy, please visit www.catholiccharitiesusa.org. Youcan also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.Since Hurricane Katrina, Catholic Charities USA and its network of agencies across the country hashelped thousands of families recover from disasters, first as an early responder to the immediate needsand later helping people rebuild their lives. Relief and recovery services are provided at the local levelby Catholic Charities agencies that provide critical services including emergency food, shelter, directfinancial assistance, counseling, and support. These services are provided regardless of religion, race,creed, or socio-economic status.
About Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities USA is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities
USA’s members provide help and create hope for more than 10 million people a year regardless of 

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