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Red Cross Opens Shelters in Trenton and Perth Amboy Following Fires

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

Telephone Office: (609) 951-2116

Telephone Cell: (609) 206-4043


PRINCETON, NJ, August 30, 2012 — The American Red Cross, working with officials from the city of Trenton, has a shelter open at the Joyce Kilmer Elementary School to assist the elderly residents of a 12-story,180-unit apartment building on West State Street in Trenton. Residents were evacuated during the early morning hours following a fire which led to the loss of electricity in the building. More than 100 people remain in the Red Cross shelter today, which is located at:

Joyce Kilmer Elementary School

1300 Stuyvesant Avenue

Trenton, NJ

In Perth Amboy, an early morning fire has affected more than 60 people in 27 families. The fire destroyed a 12-unit building on State Street. Two adjacent buildings have been evacuated for safety reasons and those 15 families may be able to return to their homes tomorrow. With help from the city of Perth Amboy, the Red Cross has opened a shelter to assist the families. The shelter is located at:


375 New Brunswick Avenue

Perth Amboy, NJ

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 or join our blog at

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.