As Hurricane Isaac makes its way through the Gulf Coast, the American Red Cross of the South Jersey Region began deploying volunteers for pre-landfall activities for disaster relief efforts as part of a nationwide relief effort. Eleven disaster response volunteers have been deployed as of today within the South Jersey Region for a total of 26 deployed statewide from New Jersey.
The South Jersey Region includes Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, Gloucester, and Salem counties.
According to Red Cross Regional Director for Disaster Services, Tim Settles, “We have Disaster Responders across the South Jersey Region who left last Friday for Florida and we are continuing our deployments as the storm nears landfall. Our assignments are extending today into Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as we prepare to open evacuation shelters and activate emergency response vehicles”.
For those who have family and friends in the path of Hurricane Isaac, “the Red Cross offers a Hurricane app that gives local and real time information for coastal residents and those who might be travelling over the next few days to areas affected by Isaac,” said Disaster Director Settles.. “Remote weather alerts can also help give peace of mind to people who winter near the forecasted storm track and those who have relatives and friends in these coastal areas.”
Once people download the Hurricane App, they have instant access to critical action steps instructing what to do before, during and after hurricanes even without mobile connectivity. Users can monitor personalized weather alerts in locations where family and friends reside and share information with others in their social networks that might also need it.
Features of the app include:
The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. National Red Cross experts in health, safety and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in this app.
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.