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Red Cross Assisting Families Displaced by Fire at Woodbridge Village Apartments

Contact: Diane Concannon, American Red Cross - North Jersey Region

Telephone Office: (609) 951-2116

Telephone Cell: (609) 206-4043

Diane.Concannon@redcross.org

FOR MEDIA ONLY

PRINCETON, NJ, July 12, 2012 – On Tuesday, a fire at the Woodbridge Village Apartments displaced 50 families. The American Red Cross had a reception center open at the Avenel Middle School yesterday with 10 Red Cross workers available to meet with the affected families to determine their immediate needs. To date, the Red Cross has met with and provided emergency assistance to 43 families (141 adults and 40 children).

During this past week, American Red Cross North Jersey Region Disaster Services has:

• Responded to 20 home fires (including incidents in Woodbridge, Perth Amboy, Trenton, Newark, Harrison, East Orange, West Orange, Paterson, Jersey City, Elizabeth and Hackensack).

• Operated 2 shelters simultaneously

• Assisted 458 people displaced by home fires

• Provided $45,000 in direct emergency assistance to those affected by these fires (for shelter, food and clothing as needed).

The Red Cross responses to these disasters this past week were made possible with help from more than 80 Red Cross volunteers. All emergency assistance is free to those affected by disasters, due to the generous donation of time by Red Cross volunteers and the generosity of the American public.

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.

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 6,000 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 479 local disasters, helping 1,296 families displaced by home fires; educated 25,732 community members about disaster preparedness; collected 25,079 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; helped 1,587 military families send emergency messages, receive financial assistance, and get counseling and referrals; and trained 138,620 individuals with life-saving skills in CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics.