Red Cross Assisting Families Displaced by Recent Home Fires

FAIRFIELD, NJ, July 11, 2014 - The American Red Cross is currently assisting six families (13 individuals) who have been displaced by recent home fires in Bayonne, Jersey City and Newark.

Bayonne – 7/11/2014
Red Cross Disaster Action Team members are on the scene assisting four families, eight people, displaced by a fire with temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed.

Jersey City – 7/10/2014
Red Cross responded to a fire in Jersey City late in the evening on July 10. After meeting with the family of three, volunteers provided emergency assistance in the form of temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed.

Newark – 7/10/2014
Also last evening, Red Cross Disaster Action Team members were on the scene of a fire in Newark assisting two people displaced from their home with temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed.

All emergency assistance is free to those affected by disasters, and is made possible through 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 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.

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