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Red Cross North Jersey Region Prepares Response to Isaac

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

Telephone Office: (609) 951-2116

Telephone Cell: (609) 206-4043

Diane.Concannon@redcross.org

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PRINCETON, NJ, August 25, 2012 - The American Red Cross is preparing to respond across Florida and the Gulf Coast as Isaac brings the potential for wind and serious flooding across a wide area. The Red Cross is working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to coordinate response plans.

The Red Cross is preparing to open dozens of shelters if needed and is mobilizing truckloads of disaster supplies and clean-up items to send to Florida. Red Cross disaster warehouses in Georgia and Mississippi are ready to ship additional emergency supplies. More than 1,000 disaster workers have been deployed to the area, including eight from the North Jersey Region.

“I am looking forward to being productive in Florida,” said John Lawlor of Hopewell Township about his first deployment to a national disaster relief operation with the American Red Cross. Lawlor, who is recently retired following a 30-year career with government, said he turned to the Red Cross for meaningful ways to volunteer his time.

The additional seven disaster workers deployed from the North Jersey Region include several who are highly trained in areas such as shelter operations and logistics, and several with major disaster response experience. Current disaster workers deployed from the North Jersey Region to Florida include Lauri Gill of Sparta, Timothy Johnston of Bloomsbury, Joan Klimpl of Hillsborough, Barbara Mose of Roselle, Anthony Novellino of Denville, Victor Prasad of Plainfield, Matt Steinkercher of Kendall Park and John Lawlor of Hopewell Township.

In Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, the Red Cross has dozens of shelters on stand-by, hundreds of disaster workers preparing to help as needed, emergency vehicles on alert and more than 50 pre-positioned support trailers ready with supplies in the Gulf and along the East Coast.

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.