Volunteer: How can I help?
From what I've heard, everything's over-volunteered, from blood (except, possibly, type "O", though that too might be old news) to EMS workers, etc.
If you haven't given blood yet (or even if you have), you might consider doing so in a day or two when the initial outpouring (so to speak) has been used.
Generally, listen to local news (in NYC) or CNN (other places). If the authorities need help with something, that's how they'll make it known. The only serious info you can hope to get here on Chowhound is which hospitals give the best post-blood-donation treats.
One really helpful thing you might want to do would be to not pull all your money out of the bank and stock market (when it opens). That'd be the strongest (and most nationally helpful) expression of support you could give.
re: Jim Leff
I've been checking regularly at various blood banks and they are still turning people away as of noon today. The Red Cross at 66th and Amsterdam is accepting volunteers for various things -- they have a form you will out and do a quickie interview on the spot.
Meanwhile, donations to the Red Cross would be greatly appreciated. A link directly to their site is below. Please also note that Amazon.com has offered their site to handle small Red Cross donations of between $1 and $50. They are waiving their standard fees for this.
Thanks to everyone who wants to help. God bless us all.
re: Jim Leff
"If you haven't given blood yet (or even if you have), you might consider doing so in a day or two when the initial outpouring (so to speak) has been used."
I know I'm probably taking you too literally, Jim, but I didn't want anyone to walk away with misinformation. For the record, you can only give blood once every 56 days. To give blood more often is dangerous both to you and to the recipient because you haven't yet had sufficient time to fully replenish red blood cells, platelets and other important stuff.