There were 80 Red Cross or community shelters open where more than 4,700 residents sought refuge from Isaac’s wrath. Red Cross currently has over 3,000 Disaster Responders from all over the United States deployed to the Gulf region to help.
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 4,700 people stayed in as many as 80 Red Cross or community shelters in 7 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.
• As of Wednesday night, the Red Cross the Red Cross has served more than 22,000 meals and snacks; we have 311,000 more ready-to-eat meals and kitchen support trailers in the area. The Southern Baptist Convention has mobile kitchens capable of producing thousands of meals a day prepositioned to serve cooked meals when it becomes safe to do so.
• Before Isaac struck, the Red Cross prepositioned 197 Red Cross emergency response vehicles, additional volunteers and trailers with relief items just outside the impact area, now we’re starting to move assistance into the affected communities.
• 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 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 90999 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.