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NEW JERSEY. Friday, November 9, 2012. — As the American Red Cross continues to provide meals, shelter and comfort to families across New Jersey, the relief operation is gearing up for a major supply distribution project. This weekend, the Red Cross is mobilizing a large cadre of volunteers to hand out thousands of bags stuffed with relief supplies like cleaning, hygiene and comfort items in New Jersey.
The Red Cross feeding operation is extensive. Working in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention, kitchens and fixed feeding sites are operating across the state of New Jersey. Red Cross volunteers are also driving through neighborhoods to hand out water, food and relief supplies. Visit http://newsroom.redcross.org for more information.
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 redcross.org 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:
- Allow them to feel upset and encourage them to express their feelings and thoughts.
- 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:
The Red Cross has mobilized the full resources of the organization across the country to get help to people affected by Sandy.
In the state of New Jersey 2,063 people stayed in the 35 shelters operated by the Red Cross and other organizations. There are 2,201 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 http://newsroom.redcross.org. There are several ways to find a shelter: go to redcross.org; 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:
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:
This is a huge response, and the Red Cross continues to work closely with government and partner organizations to coordinate this effort.
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.
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 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 http://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 blog.redcross.org