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New Jersey Red Crossers Continue to Help Louisiana Families

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Volunteers from here in New Jersey are proudly serving alongside local volunteers in Louisiana.

The American Red Cross continues to help thousands of people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana. More than 7,000 people remained in Red Cross and community shelters Tuesday night and thousands more are without power in hot, humid conditions. 

The Red Cross and its partners have served nearly 100,000 meals and snacks since the onset of the flooding. The Red Cross has also mobilized more than 60 disaster response vehicles, nearly 40,000 ready-to-eat meals and dozens of trailers filled with shelter and kitchen supplies to bolster relief efforts.

“Volunteers from here in New Jersey are proudly serving alongside local volunteers in Louisiana where they continue to provide help and hope to families who have lost their homes due to unprecedented flooding,” said Ana Montero, regional CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “The scope of this disaster is vast and it is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy. Please consider making a financial donation to the Red Cross today to support the people of Louisiana.”

Fourteen Red Crossers from New Jersey are among those assisting with relief efforts in Louisiana. Kathy Wong of Florham Park has deployed to serve as a shelter supervisor; Mary Sterling of Freehold, Linda Kolman of Ventnor City, Carrie McIntosh of Pennsville and Ali Mansour of Somerset are also working at shelters; Lynn Paul of Voorhees, Barry Verbel of Somerset, Christopher Cummings of Glendora and George Jinks of West Orange are helping with feeding services; Jodi Bocco of West Long Branch is providing disaster mental health services; Paul Gass of Springfield is assisting with disaster assessment; Debra Lavender of Little Egg Harbor is supporting health services; Kathleen Maher of Ocean is lending a hand with disaster technology and Mary Brown of Manville will be supporting the operation. 

Several additional volunteers are supporting the relief efforts remotely from New Jersey. 

HOW TO HELP People can donate by visiting redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recovery from these disasters.

RELIEF EFFORT Several hundred Red Crossers are on the ground in Louisiana now and by Friday, there will be more than 1,000 workers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition, hundreds more local volunteers are continuing to support relief efforts. 

These Red Cross workers and disaster partners such as Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the NAACP, Islamic Relief USA, Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services, Save the Children, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, AFL-CIO, Verizon, Duracell, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Baton Route YMCA and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are working together to help people impacted by the flooding. 

FINDING LOVED ONES The flooding in Louisiana has left many areas without power and phone service making it difficult for loved ones to connect. Local emergency lines have also been inundated with calls for help. The Red Cross has two ways to help families reconnect. 

The Red Cross Emergency App features a “Family Safe” feature that allows people to check on loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency and instantly see if they are okay – even if that loved one hasn’t downloaded the App on their device. The App is free and can be found in the app store for your mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to redcross.org/apps.

The Red Cross is encouraging people to register on our Safe and Well website, redcross.org/safeandwell, to help people reconnect. If you are concerned about a loved one, visit the “Search” page, enter the person’s name and pre-disaster phone number or complete address. If you are outside the disaster area and you hear from loved ones without access to a computer, you can register them through Safe and Well. That way, other loved ones can be reassured as well.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER To become a Red Cross volunteer, visit redcross.org today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.