TRENTON — Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) expressed her gratitude for the efforts of emergency responders and called on New Jersey residents to donate to relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy.
“[P]lease do what you can to help,” Oliver said.” The need will be great. Financial donations, for instance, can help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
“And if you’re able, you can also help your neighbors by volunteering. If you’re able and interested, call the state?s volunteer emergency response hotline at 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397).
“I want to offer my deepest gratitude to all of the dedicated emergency responders who continue to work protecting residents throughout New Jersey,” Oliver said. ”This has been a difficult storm, but their bravery and devotion helped ease our worries and continues to do so. Their courage never ceases to amaze.
“I would also like to thank the Governor, the administration and all the emergency management and local officials for their great efforts to keep everyone safe.
“And my heart goes out to all those who have suffered a loss during the storm. On behalf of the General Assembly, our prayers are with you.
“I implore everyone to continue to listen to the advice of emergency management officials. The storm may have eased but concerns remain about persistent dangers. Be safe. Be smart.