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Red Cross Assisting 18 Families Displaced by Recent Home Fires

PRINCETON, NJ - The American Red Cross North Jersey Region is currently assisting 49 people in 18 families who have been displaced by recent home fires in Bound Brook, Orange, Elizabeth, Hackensack and Stillwater, New Jersey.

Bound Brook – 4/26/2015

  • Two members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to a home fire on Hardy Avenue in Bound Brook earlier today to provide comfort and emergency assistance to the affected families. The Red Cross is helping seven people in two families with emergency assistance in the form of temporary lodging, food, clothing and infant supplies. Comfort kits containing personal care items were also provided.
  • Orange – 4/25/2015

  • A volunteer member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded yesterday to a home fire on Taylor Street in Orange that displaced a family of three. Red Cross emergency assistance in the form of temporary lodging, food and clothing was provided to the family, as well as comfort kits containing personal care items.
  • Elizabeth – 4/25/2015

  • Two volunteer members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to a home fire on William Street in Elizabeth yesterday to help two people displaced by a home fire. Volunteers met with the individuals and provided emergency assistance in the form of temporary lodging, food and clothing. Comfort kits containing personal care items, were also provided.
  • Hackensack – 4/25/2015

  • Four volunteer members of the Red Cross Disaster Action team responded last night to an apartment building fire on Main Street in Hackensack that displaced at least 12 families. Volunteers provided Red Cross emergency assistance for food and clothing to all 34 people in 12 families who were affected by the fire. Eleven families received housing assistance by their landlord. Volunteers provided one displaced family from an adjacent building with temporary lodging in addition to other Red Cross emergency assistance received. Comfort kits containing personal care items, were also provided to the families.
  • Stillwater – 4/22/2015

  • The Red Cross is assisting a family of three displaced by a fire at their Middleville Road home in Stillwater on Wednesday evening.  The family initially declined Red Cross assistance at the time of the fire, but was notified to contact the Red Cross if services were desired. On April 25, a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team met with the family to provide comfort and emergency assistance in the form of food and clothing, as well as assistance to help with funeral expenses.
  • 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