Red Cross Disaster Recovery Efforts Expand As Nor’easter Approaches New Jersey Area

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STATE — The American Red Cross disaster recovery effort continues, with Nor’easter predictions adding insult to injury in areas that are already inundated from Sandy. There could be increased power outages, which are especially dangerous as temperatures are expected to fall near freezing.

Moreover, the storm surge along the coast could be 3-5 feet. These areas no longer have dunes to prevent that water from coming in to the communities, many of which are still flooded or just now cleaning up from flooding. The rain and snow could add to the flooding as well.

Sunday night in the state of New Jersey, more than 2,700 people stayed in 41 shelters operated by the Red Cross and other organizations. Monday, volunteers in more than 115 response vehicles continued deliveries of supplies throughout the state. Fixed service locations remain in place as well.

More than 5.000 Red Cross volunteers from every state in the country, Canada, Mexico, and Saipan are responding to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Approximately 1,600 of these volunteers are in the state of New Jersey. Red Cross volunteers will continue provide shelter assistance, feeding, and comfort as long as needed.

With the approaching storm, the Red Cross reminds residents to stay safe by following these safety tips:

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Don’t use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning device inside a home, garage, basement, or any partially enclosed area. Locate the unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • Do not use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens or clothes dryers for heating your home.
  • Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. If you suspect CO poisoning, get to fresh air immediately, and then call 9-1-1.

Cold Weather Tips

  • Make sure you have coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and warm clothing for all household members, along with extra blankets.
  • Eat regular meals and stay hydrated, but avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home is without power or heat during periods of extreme cold.

The temperatures are dropping, and many people may consider things like kerosene heaters or fireplaces to stay warm.

  • Place the heater on a level, hard and non-flammable surface in the home.
  • Keep potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves or fireplaces.
  • Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters

If someone needs to find a shelter, they can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the “Find a Shelter” page on the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets. People can let their loved ones know how they are by using the “I’m Safe” button on the Red Cross Hurricane App which can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. People can also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website to let loved ones know they are okay. To register, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


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