UPDATED 1/25/15: Multi-Agency Resource Center no longer operational in Edgewater Community Center.
EDGEWATER, NJ, January 23, 2015 – The American Red Cross, along with representatives from local agencies, organizations and community groups, remain on hand at the Edgewater Community Center that is serving as a Multi-Agency Resource Center to help families affected by a fire at the Avalon apartment complex on Wednesday, January 21.
Since the resource center opened on Thursday, Red Cross volunteers have been meeting with displaced families to help as they develop recovery plans. Volunteers are helping guide families through the next steps toward recovery and providing emergency assistance to those with unmet needs.
The Red Cross has provided emergency assistance in the form of temporary lodging, food, clothing and transportation as needed to nine families and continues to be available and ready to provide emergency assistance and recovery support to the affected families.
Based on each family’s individual needs, Red Cross volunteers provided referrals to additional agencies and organizations that could help them. Plush Mickey Mouse dolls were provided to approximately 150 children who were displaced by the fire and comfort kits containing personal care items were also available to the families.
This devastating fire shows that emergencies can happen in any community at any time. The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year – and the vast majority of these are home fires.
Volunteers across the country are helping to save lives through a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. The Red Cross is partnering with fire departments and community groups nationwide to canvass neighborhoods, install smoke alarms and deliver fire prevention information. As part of the campaign, the Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.
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 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.
# # #Contacts: American Red Cross North Jersey Region Diane Concannon, 609-206-4043 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org Erica Viviani, 973-309-3479 (cell) email@example.com @RedCrossNorthNJ