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Red Cross Heightens Supply Distribution to Residents in NJ

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NEW JERSEY. Saturday, November 10, 2012. — The American Red Cross continues to provide meals, shelter and comfort to families across New Jersey, and is working on a major effort this weekend to hand out relief supplies. We are mobilizing to hand out thousands of bags stuffed with relief supplies such as cleaning, hygiene and comfort items in the New Jersey area.

The Red Cross has an extensive feeding operation in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention, with kitchens and fixed feeding sites are operating across the state of New Jersey. In addition, Red Cross volunteers are also driving through neighborhoods to hand out water, food and relief supplies. Visit for more information. As we learn about specific neighborhoods in need, we are immediately putting plans in place to provide help.

Shelters are open throughout the area where people can rest, get a hot meal and get the latest information on available help. People are encouraged to come to a Red Cross shelter should the need arise. To find our shelters, download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the website, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check with local media outlets.

People in the affected areas have now been living in very tough conditions for almost two weeks, tired and discouraged. The Red Cross is doing everything possible to assist them during this difficult time and offer some steps to help them through it:

  • Limit exposure to the sights and sounds of the disaster.
  • Focus on the positive.
  • Reach out and accept help from others.
  • Do things you enjoy with your family.
  • Stay connected with your family, friends and other support systems.
  • Be patient.
  • Get back to a daily routine.
  • Children should be allowed to feel upset and be encouraged to express their feelings and thoughts. It will be helpful to children when they can return to a daily routine as much as possible.
  • The Red Cross has been helping people since before Sandy made landfall and will continue to help for weeks to come as families get back on their feet. This is likely to be the biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years. If someone would like to help, they can:

  • Donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the world REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • People can also use the “donate” feature on the free Red Cross Apps to support the Red Cross relief response.
  • The Red Cross has mobilized the full resources of the organization across the country to get help to people affected by Sandy.

  • Every effort is being made to get food and supplies out to the people who need it. More than 300 Red Cross Feeding trucks have been mobilized to distribute supplies and food in neighborhoods.
  • More than 5,700 Red Cross workers from all 50 states are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies. About 90 percent of these workers are volunteers.
  • Last night, about 4,600 people affected by Sandy stayed in more than 56 shelters.
  • In the state of New Jersey 1,520 people stayed in the 30 shelters operated by the Red Cross and other organizations. There are 2,581 volunteers providing services in the state of New Jersey and 113 Red Cross Feeding trucks distributing supplies and food to those in need in the state. Current information about feeding and supply distribution sites can be found at There are several ways to find a shelter: go to; download the Red Cross Hurricane app; call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); or check local media outlets.

    The Red Cross response to Sandy is massive. So far the Red Cross has helped people in ten states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico affected by Sandy. To date, the Red Cross has:

  • Served more than 3.7 million meals and snacks.
  • Provided more than 40,300 health services and emotional support contacts.
  • Handed out more than 272,000 relief items.
  • With continued power outages in the New Jersey area, the Red Cross reminds residents to stay safe by following these safety tips:

    If you have no power and are staying in your home, you should:

  • Gather everyone, including pets, in one room - a small, well-insulated room with few windows. A room facing south is warmer. Block this room off and put cardboard and blankets over the windows at night to minimize heat loss. If you have hardwood floors, add a carpet or blanket.
  • Dress in thin, loose layers instead of bulky garments. Wear a hat, gloves, scarf and heavy socks. Wrap yourself in blankets if needed. Use hand and feet warmers if available.
  • At bedtime, layer blankets over you. Wear layers of clothing and a hat.
  • Check on your elderly neighbors.
  • Keep tuned to the news - hopefully on your battery operated radio.
  • The use of barbeque grills and hibachis as alternative heat sources is dangerous and is not recommended.

    This is a huge response, and the Red Cross continues to work closely with government and partner organizations to coordinate this effort.

  • We are working with more than 50 national partner organizations and have more than 1,300 partner volunteers deployed in support of the response.
  • For example, we are coordinating with Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services and Save the Children to support the needs of children in our shelters; and we’re working with HOPE worldwide and Points of Light to coordinate the work of community volunteers.
  • 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.

    BLOOD DONATIONS Thanks to an outpouring of support from the public following Sandy, the Red Cross blood supply is currently sufficient to meet patient needs. The Red Cross appreciates all the organizations that have stepped up to either host special blood drives or reschedule those that were canceled due to Sandy. However, blood donations do tend to decline during the upcoming holiday season. 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