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Red Cross Continues Massive Disaster Relief Operation in New Jersey

Red Cross Media Contact: (571) 439-1665

NEW JERSEY. Sunday, November 4, 2012 — The American Red Cross continues to move forward and expand its huge disaster relief response post Hurricane Sandy. Thousands of New Jersey residents have found a safe place to stay, food to eat and comfort during this difficult time.

Last night in New Jersey, more than 2,400 people stayed in 30 shelters operated by the Red Cross and other organizations. Today, volunteers in 120 response vehicles are traveling throughout the state providing meals, snacks, water and other much needed supplies. In addition, the food and water are available at fixed service locations throughout the state. For a current list of Red Cross fixed service locations and vehicle routes,

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More than 5,000 Red Cross volunteers from every state in the country, Canada, Mexico, and Saipan are responding to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Approximately 1,800 of these volunteers are in the state of New Jersey. Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide shelter assistance, feeding, and comfort as long as needed.

HOW TO HELP The response to Sandy is very large and very costly and the Red Cross needs the public’s help now. People can make a financial donation by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD The need for blood continues and availability has been hampered by Hurricane Sandy. The weather-related cancellation of blood drives has resulted in a loss of as many as 11,000 blood products. People who are eligible to donate are being asked to schedule a blood donation now, particularly if they live outside the areas impacted by the storm.

To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.

IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY: RED CROSS SHELTERS

If someone needs to find a shelter, they can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the “Find a Shelter” page on the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets. People can let their loved ones know how they are by using the “I’m Safe” button on the Red Cross Hurricane App which can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. People can also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website to let loved ones know they are okay. To register, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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 or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.