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FirstEnergy Foundation Supports Red Cross Disaster Preparedness

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Jersey Central Power & Light Company Area Manager Jacqueline Espinoza (left) and Account Executive Michael Schoen present a check for $2,500 on behalf of FirstEnergy Foundation to Major Gift Officer MaryAnn Maikisch with American Red Cross North Jersey

NEWTON, NJ, January 28, 2014 – In addition to providing relief to victims of disasters, the American Red Cross strives to help individuals and communities be better prepared for emergencies through disaster preparedness education. FirstEnergy Foundation recently made a donation to support Red Cross disaster preparedness programs in the North Jersey Region. Jersey Central Power & Light Company Area Manager Jacqueline Espinoza and Account Executive Michael Schoen presented a check for $2,500 on behalf of the foundation at the Red Cross office in Newton, New Jersey.

Disasters can strike quickly and often without warning. The Red Cross encourages households to be prepared and have a Family Disaster Plan in place for the next emergency or disaster.

The funds provided by FirstEnergy Foundation will be used to support Red Cross disaster preparedness education in local communities, including the cost of program materials and volunteer training associated with the program.

Red Cross disaster preparedness programs help people develop their family plans, offer preparedness advice and showcase tools such as free mobile apps, emergency checklists and the Red Cross Ready Rating Program available to help individuals, organizations and communities be better prepared for emergencies. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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.

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 3,000 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 485 local home fires, helping 1,269 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 79,341 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.

Contact: 

Diane Concannon

American Red Cross - North Jersey Region

609-206-4043 (cell)