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NJ Residents Begin Long Road to Recovery

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It is amazing to see the Red Cross here the last two days.

Just a few miles from Atlantic City, N.J., in the picturesque seaside town of Brigantine, two generations of strong women have seen everything—until now. Hurricane Sandy left this fishing community devastated.

Dee Brown and her husband have lived in this tight-knit community as “crabbers,” making and setting traps throughout the bay. Her daughter, Lauren Brain, grew up here and recently purchased a home just a block away.

“We have been here through many storms and evacuated during Hurricane Irene. We didn’t think this would even be a problem. We had prepared by buying propane for our stoves and have been making coffee for everyone in the neighborhood,” said Brain. “We even had so much propane we were able to share with others.”

She is grateful to see the American Red Cross in her neighborhood. Many areas are under mandatory evacuation while utilities are managed and roads are cleared for the safety of the residents.

“You can’t leave our area. If you leave, you can’t get back in,” Brain said. “It is amazing to see the Red Cross here the last two days.”

It will be a long road to recovery for this neighborhood and many others along the Eastern Seaboard. As families pick up the pieces of their lives, the Red Cross continues to expand its reach into more communities as soon as officials say it is safe.

More than 3,800 Red Cross disaster workers are working to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Since the storm hit, the Red Cross has provided shelter for thousands of people each night and served more than 200,000 meals and snacks. More than 240 Red Cross response vehicles have also begun distributing meals, water and snacks in the hardest-hit areas.

How You Can Help

The relief operation for this storm is enormous. To donate, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word 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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.