Hurricane Isaac is battering the Gulf Coast and the Red Cross is responding across multiple states - providing thousands of residents a safe, dry place to stay and something to eat.
There are 13 disaster response workers from American Red Cross South Jersey Region now deployed across the Gulf States for Hurricane Isaac for a total of 33 disaster responders representing the state of New Jersey.
The South Jersey Region includes Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, Gloucester, and Salem Counties.
The Red Cross is focused now on people’s emergency needs – last night more than 5,200 people stayed in as many as 80 Red Cross or community shelters in 6 states and we expect many more people coming to shelters today.
The Red Cross has more volunteers, equipment and supplies poised and ready to help people in the affected areas after the storm passes.
• About 2,700 trained disaster workers from all over the United States have deployed to the Gulf Region to help.
• We have 311,000 ready-to-eat meals and kitchen support trailers in the area. In addition, Southern Baptist Convention has mobile kitchens capable of producing thousands of meals a day prepositioned alongside the Red Cross.
• Across the Gulf Coast, 187 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are ready to move in to serve meals and distribute relief items once it’s safe to do so.
• The Red Cross already has trailers of relief supplies pre-positioned in the area and has thousands of additional supplies like clean up and personal hygiene items, cots, blankets, coolers, rakes, shovels, tarps, gloves and masks.
• We are working closely with local, state and federal officials and community organizations to coordinate this multi-state relief response. Some of these partners include AmeriCorps, Islamic Relief USA, NAACP and the National Baptist Convention USA.
We need your help. This is a very large relief response that will last a long time. The Red Cross will be there for weeks helping people recover, and after a difficult summer of responding to wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched. People can click or text to donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 9999 to make a $10 donation.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.