The American Red Cross New Jersey Region continues to help people affected by flooding in Burlington, Gloucester and Camden Counties following last week’s storm.
After significant rainfall caused flooding and the need for evacuations in South Jersey, the Red Cross, in cooperation with our government partners, opened one reception center in Westville and another in Southampton to provide a safe, dry place for those who needed to evacuate their homes.
In the days that followed, Red Cross disaster workers at both our Sewell and Pennsauken office locations met one-on-one with families to provide emergency assistance, help with recovery plans and find additional services and resources available. Relief supplies like bottled water, gloves, trash bags and clean-up kits containing items such as a mop, broom, disinfectant, detergent and sponges, were available to families in need at these locations and others established by officials in the affected areas.
“We are grateful to all of our dedicated volunteers and generous donors who help make this work of the Red Cross possible,” said Rosie Taravella, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region.
Thanks to generous support from The Campbell Soup Company, warm meals and cold beverages were delivered throughout some of the affected neighborhoods.
Red Cross disaster workers, including those with Disaster Mental Health Services and Disaster Spiritual Care, will be available at multi-agency resource centers open this weekend. The centers, coordinated by the New Jersey Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD) and organized by the Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COADs) in Burlington, Gloucester and Camden Counties, bring together various organizations and agencies which can provide services and help with recovery needs. Red Cross clean-up kits and other relief supplies will be available at the centers this weekend.
HOW TO HELP All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help people affected by disasters like flooding or countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The American Red Cross New Jersey Region is fortunate to have volunteers who are trained, ready and willing to support its response to the flooding in our communities. People interested in volunteering with future disaster responses can learn more and register online at redcross.org/volunteer.