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Red Cross Closes Shelters in Trenton and Perth Amboy

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 7, 2012 - The American Red Cross has ceased its shelter operations in both Trenton and Perth Amboy after alternate housing was found for the more than 160 people displaced by recent fires.

The Red Cross shelter at the Joyce Kilmer Elementary School in Trenton closed late Friday evening. Government officials in Trenton, working with the building’s owner and management, coordinated alternate housing for the residents of Luther Towers, a 12-story,180-unit apartment building on West State Street. The building’s occupants were evacuated following a fire which led to the loss of electricity in the building. On Thursday evening, 93 people spent the night in the Red Cross shelter. The City of Trenton arranged to have the Trenton Rescue Mission supply meals to displaced residents at the shelter.

The Red Cross shelter at the YMCA in Perth Amboy closed this afternoon. Government officials in Perth Amboy, working with the respective building owners and management companies, coordinated alternate housing for the families displaced by a fire which destroyed a 12-unit building on State Street Thursday morning. Two adjacent buildings were evacuated due to damage and it is unclear if or when they may be able to return to their homes. Last evening, 44 people spent a second night in the shelter. On Thursday evening, the Red Cross shelter had 53 overnight stays. The Red Cross has provided emergency assistance for food and clothing as needed to the 30 families affected. The City of Perth Amboy supplied meals for the families at the shelter.

More than 65 Red Cross workers have aided with the response efforts at the two shelter locations since Thursday. 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.