South Jersey Region Responds As Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall

red cross volunteer hugs disaster victim during hurricane isaac
We are extremely proud of our volunteers who are assisting and will continue to assist our neighbors in the south,” - Nancy Orlando, Regional CEO of the South Jersey Region.

There are 12 disaster response workers from American Red Cross South Jersey Region now deployed across the Gulf States for Hurricane Isaac for a total of 30 disaster responders representing the state of New Jersey.

The South Jersey Region includes Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, Gloucester, and Salem counties.

The Red Cross launched a large response across multiple states as Hurricane Isaac affects millions of lives with strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and coastal surges. There are approximately 2,400 trained disaster workers from all over the United States in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas to help. Last night, there were 52 shelters open across five states as nearly 800 evacuees found safety out of harm’s way in Red Cross shelters.

In addition to sheltering across the Gulf Coast, there are 290,000 ready-to-eat meals prepositioned and several kitchen support trailers in the area. There are 187 Red Cross emergency Response vehicles from across the country poised to serve meals and distribute relief items once it’s safe to do so.

The Red Cross has trailers of relief supplies already prepositioned in the area and has sent thousands of additional supplies like clean up and personal hygiene items, cots, blankets, coolers, shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and masks.

“Our disaster response workers are ready to meet the challenges of this large scale response. Throughout the year, volunteers and staff participate in training exercises and drills and work with state, county and local civic organizations to prepare for and respond to national disaster relief operations like Hurricane Isaac. We are extremely proud of our volunteers who are assisting and will continue to assist our neighbors in the south.” said Nancy Orlando, Regional CEO of the South Jersey Region.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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.