South Jersey Volunteers Deploy to Gulf Ahead of Hurricane Isaac

red cross volunteer helps young girl during hurricane isaac
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.

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”.

  • In Florida more than 500 people spent Sunday night in Red Cross and community shelters after Isaac brought heavy rain, power outages and flooding.
  • Overall, the Red Cross opened 22 shelters and supported 20 community shelters overnight.
  • Evacuations have been ordered in some areas along the Gulf and dozens of Red Cross shelters are on stand-by and likely will open throughout the day.
  • Mobile kitchens and truckloads of relief supplies are on the way to Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. More than 50 pre-positioned support trailers are ready with supplies.
  • The Red Cross has activated more than 150 emergency response vehicles (ERVs) in those states and from around the country to help.
  • Flooding continues in Florida and Red Cross disaster workers will continue to help those affected by opening shelters, providing meals and distributing relief supplies like personal hygiene and clean-up items.
  • More than 1,500 disaster workers have been deployed across the Gulf Coast to help with Red Cross efforts.
  • 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:

  • Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories that users can share on social networks;
  • Remote monitoring of personalized weather alerts where family and friends reside
  • Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
  • Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan;
  • One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to reassure family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way;
  • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and
  • Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.
  • 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.