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New Jersey's Red Cross, Office of Emergency Management Assisting in Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

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N.J. Office of Emergency Management's New Jersey Task Force One is on its way to Texas to assist with water rescue operations, departing from Joint Base McGuire-Fort Dix. Credits: N.J. Office of Emergency Management
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More than 1,800 people took refuge on August 26 from the deadly storm in 34 Red Cross and community shelters in Texas. Credits: American Red Cross
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Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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PRINCETON, NJ —  As Texans continue to battle floods in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, New Jersey has sent support in the face of the most deadly and devastating hurricane to strike the United States in more than a decade.

The American Red Cross New Jersey Region has deployed 19 disaster workers to help those affected by the hurricane. Additional volunteers and vehicles are on standby, ready to deploy as needed, according to a post on its Facebook page.

In addition, the N.J. Office of Emergency Management's New Jersey Task Force One is in the Houston area to assist with water rescue operations. Composed predominantly of police, fire and emergency personnel, the task force was activated by Gov. Chris Christie as part of the National Urban Search & Rescue Response System. Here are several ways to follow their activity:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ReadyNJ
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ReadyNJ
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ReadyNJ

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The Red Cross is mobilizing thousands of trained Red Cross disaster relief workers, truckloads of kitchen supplies, as well as tens of thousands of ready-to-eat meals to support this response effort. Trailers full of shelter supplies including cots and blankets — enough to support more than 20,000 people — are scheduled to arrive in Texas.

Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The threat from Hurricane Harvey is far from over as extremely dangerous flooding continues in Texas and parts of Louisiana, according to the American Red Cross, which is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by this disaster. Getting help in some areas is challenging due to devastating floodwaters and closed roads. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS. The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on redcross.org with your check.

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