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Red Cross Assisting 121 People Affected by West New York Fire

WEST NEW YORK, NJ, May 9, 2015 - The American Red Cross is assisting 121 people displaced by a fire at their Hudson Avenue homes in West New York late last evening. 

Four members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) responded to provide comfort and emergency assistance to the residents of the 25-unit apartment building where the fire took place and several buildings in the area which were evacuated. A reception center was opened at Hudson Hall Community Center as a temporary meeting place for families to receive assistance, including temporary lodging provided by the Red Cross and the town of West New York.

The Red Cross had eleven DAT members available today at the West New York Middle School who met with the displaced families to provide assistance. The Red Cross has provided emergency assistance in the form of temporary lodging, food, clothing, infant supplies, emotional support and health services as needed to 121 people in 38 families. 

Red Cross volunteers remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that may provide long-term assistance during their recovery.

All emergency assistance is free to those affected by disasters and is made possible through the donation of time by dedicated Red Cross volunteers and the generosity of the American public. 

You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

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 3,330 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 494 local home fires, helping 1,130 displaced families; collected 25,420 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,877 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 60,441 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.

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Contacts: 
American Red Cross North Jersey Region
Diane Concannon, 609-206-4043 (cell)
diane.concannon@redcross.org
Erica Viviani, 973-309-3479 (cell)
erica.viviani@redcross.org