Red Cross Helping Families Displaced by 27 Fires in 25 Days
The most common disaster threat to families in this country is not a blizzard, hurricane or tornado. It’s a fire in someone’s home. The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and most of these emergencies are home fires.
Since November 1st, the Red Cross North Jersey Region has helped 88 families affected by home fires. Red Cross volunteers have responded to 27 fires in 25 days, providing emergency assistance to more than 261 people. Fires have displaced families from their homes in towns throughout the region including Wayne, Elizabeth, Carteret, Trenton, Hopatcong, Jersey City, Irvington, Passaic, Newark and Montclair.
When a fire hits someone’s home, it can be dangerous and devastating. The family involved may lose everything they own. At any time of day or night, Disaster Action Teams of trained Red Cross volunteers are activated to respond to fires and provide emergency assistance with temporary lodging, food, clothing, and emotional support to help those affected.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO With the cold weather here and holiday decorating underway, please take caution with items that can be hazardous such as candles and space heaters – common items that can turn dangerous very quickly.
To help avoid a fire in the home, there are steps you can take now:
THE RED CROSS HELPS - AND SO CAN YOU The Red Cross is committed to teaching people the skills they need to prevent home fires and helping people recover after a fire happens. All Red Cross disaster assistance is free to those in need because of the generous donations from people like you. Help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a tax-deductible donation to the Red Cross.
About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region
The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 4,500 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 478 local home fires, helping 1,250 displaced families; collected more than 26,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,985 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 166,210 individuals with life-saving skills in CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.