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Red Cross Efforts Increase Ahead of Nor’easter Predictions for NJ

Red Cross Media Contact: (571) 439-1665

NEW JERSEY. Tuesday, November 06, 2012 — The American Red Cross disaster recovery efforts continue to expand after Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, winter storm preparedness becomes important in lieu of mid-week Nor’easter predictions for the New Jersey area. This storm could lead to increased power outages, which are especially dangerous as temperatures are expected to fall near freezing.

The Red Cross remains committed to providing residents in New Jersey and its surrounding states with comfort, food to eat, a safe place to stay in these trying times, getting help to where it is needed. Access into many areas is still challenging and we are continuing to expand our reach into more communities on a daily basis.

Last night 3,374 people stayed in 50 shelters throughout the state of New Jersey. Today, volunteers in more than 95 response vehicles continue their deliveries of much needed food and supplies throughout the state. Fixed service locations remain in place as well. For a current list of Red Cross fixed service locations and vehicle routes, click here.

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.

With the approaching storm, the Red Cross reminds residents to stay safe with the following safety tips:


  • Use flashlights for light, not candles.
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Check refrigerated food for spoilage and if in doubt, throw it out. Your refrigerator will keep cold for about 4 hours. If the freezer is full, it will keep its temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment and any appliances, equipment or electronics to avoid damaging them when the power is restored.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel as traffic lights will be out and roads congested.
  • Watch animals and keep them under your direct control.
  • Moreover, the storm surge along the coast could be 3-5 feet. These areas no longer have dunes to protect that water from coming in to the communities, many of which are still flooded or just now cleaning up from flooding. The rain and snow could add to the flooding as well.


  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon water above your ankles or a flooded road, turn around and go another way.
  • Keep children away from the water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood danger.
  • Keep away from loose or downed power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.

  • Don’t use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning device inside a home, garage, basement, or any partially enclosed area. Locate the unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • Do not use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens or clothes dryers for heating your home.
  • Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. If you suspect CO poisoning, get to fresh air immediately, and then call 9-1-1.

  • Make sure you have coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and warm clothing for all household members, along with extra blankets.
  • Eat regular meals and stay hydrated, but avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home is without power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
  • The temperatures are dropping, and many people may consider things like kerosene heaters or fireplaces to stay warm.

  • Place the heater on a level, hard and non-flammable surface in the home.
  • Keep potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves or fireplaces.
  • Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • RED CROSS INFORMATION LINE - 1 800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

    The American Red Cross has established a call center to handle all inquiries related to Superstorm Sandy. 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) is an all-inclusive information center designed to provide accurate and timely information such as:

  • Helpful resources, including locations for Red Cross services, for people in the affected areas.
  • Fast Facts about the Red Cross Sandy response.
  • How people can help.
  • Volunteer: The call center will have specific New Jersey numbers and locations.
  • Donate: The call center can take financial donations and provide information about where people can donate goods, clothing, etc.
  • 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, 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 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.


    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 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 or join our blog at