Disaster Response - Home Fires in New Jersey

In NJ, Red Cross responded to over 214 residential fires, over 400 families

As the American Red Cross works diligently with recovery efforts for Sandy survivors, Disaster Services volunteers continue to respond to the scene to assist families displaced by home fires.

Red Cross in New Jersey - Disaster Response Statewide - January 1—March 31, 2013

• 214 Incidents (home fires)

• 400 Families assisted

• 1,340 People received emergency assistance for food, clothing

At least $215,800 in emergency assistance was provided to help these families.

Disaster Response

In addition to the Red Cross’ mass care functions during large-scale disasters, every day, the American Red Cross provides assistance to victims of fire, floods, explosions and other localized disasters. In the last fiscal year, the Red Cross provided direct assistance to meet the immediate needs (temporary housing, food, clothing and health and mental health services) of almost 1,504 families displaced by localized disasters throughout the state of New Jersey.

The Red Cross provides emergency response services at a critical time, immediately following a disaster. Several studies have shown that post-disaster intervention is critical in reducing the physical and psychological impacts of emergencies. Red Cross disaster services thus improve the ability of disaster victims to plan for their long-term recovery and help to facilitate their return to their pre-disaster housing status.

The Red Cross has a strong volunteer base, including volunteer Disaster Action Teams that respond 24/7 to disasters throughout the state ranging from single-family fires to river flooding. Approximately 600 volunteers throughout the state of New Jersey are trained annually by the Red Cross in various aspects of disaster response, such as managing large emergency shelters. Additionally, Red Cross volunteers often deploy to Red Cross disaster operations across the country, learning the skills of managing disaster response operations that are put to use when disaster strikes New Jersey.

The Red Cross is the only organization that provides immediate emergency assistance to families in the aftermath of residential fires. Red Cross Disaster Response and emergency assistance is possible thanks to the donation of time from our volunteers and the generosity of the American public.