Health & Wellness

Press Releases

New Jersey Red Cross Volunteers Head to Texas to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

6ab74c037da8971a410a_red-cross-disaster-relief.jpg
6ab74c037da8971a410a_red-cross-disaster-relief.jpg

PRINCETON, NJ - As Hurricane Harvey nears land, the American Red Cross is mounting a massive relief effort ahead of the most deadly and devastating hurricane forecast to strike the United States in more than a decade.

Hurricane Harvey is slated for landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast with winds over 100 mph and up to 35 inches of rain, leading to devastating and life-threatening flooding. Tornadoes are also possible. The storm is expected to hover over parts of Texas and Louisiana for several days.

The Red Cross is mobilizing hundreds 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.

Sign Up for E-News

“Ten New Jersey Red Cross volunteers are proudly serving alongside local volunteers in Texas, helping provide a safe haven for those who have evacuated their homes due to Hurricane Harvey,” said Ana Montero, regional CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “Additional volunteers are ready to deploy to help with the disaster response effort as needed. We’re thankful for their dedication to help others in a time of need.”

More than 40 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are activated with more on alert. The Red Cross is also working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners in both Texas and Louisiana to coordinate potential response efforts.

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.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 cruzrojaamericana.orgor visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey 
The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,300 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey, last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 760 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping more than 1,800 displaced families; collected more than 89,100 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided more than 3,500 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained more than 116,100 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. For more information, please visit redcross.org/NJ and follow us on Twitter @NJRedCross.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Fair Lawn/Glen Rock

Reducing Stress Brought on by Recent Societal Issues

Welcome to "Conversations with Joan Herrmann," a new column based on Joan's signature work, Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life. Her vast knowledge and stable of experts who offer self-help tips on personal betterment will now be at TapInto's fingertips. Column questions or suggestions? Email rgreene@tapinto.net.

This week, Joan talks about stress, something that is quite ...

Fair Lawn Police Blotter - June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

June 16 - 12:53 am - Narcotics:  P.O. Juan Rodriguez initiated a motor vehicle stop on Burbank Street at Berdan Avenue and arrested the operator, Melissa Ruf, age 25 of Landenberg, PA, after she handed over marijuana upon request from the officer. She was released after being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug ...

Gottheimer Meets with Constituents at 25th “Cup of Joe with Josh” Town Hall: Midland Park

June 17, 2018

MIDLAND PARK, NJ – Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) met individually with Fifth District residents at his 25th “Cup of Joe with Josh” Town Hall at Sansone's Family Restaurant in Midland Park.

Gottheimer holds these “Cup of Joe with Josh” events regularly across North Jersey to hear directly from the people he serves.

“For me to effectively ...

Local Students Present Robots, Gardens and Other Sustainability Projects at Student Forum

Newark, NJ — Armani Otero, a fifth grade student at Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School in Jersey City, lit up as he spoke about building two robots that he and other students created to observe changes in their school’s garden.

“My favorite part of the whole thing was building the robots,” he said. “We had to collaborate. We didn’t have ...

Bergen County Home Improvement Program Offers Interest Free, Deferred Payment Financing to Qualified Home Owners

June 21, 2018

HACKENSACK, NJ -- If you think you can’t afford to renovate parts of your home that need to be improved, think again.  It’s time to get HIP!

The Bergen County Home Improvement Program (HIP) can help eligible home and condominium owners with extraordinary low-cost financing for needed rehabilitation.  A new roof, windows, doors, sidewalk, driveway, exterior siding, and ...

Brand New Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites at Teaneck to Host Job Fair on June 21

Hotel plans to hire 45 full-time and part-time staff members in advance of August opening

Teaneck, NJ – In advance of its August opening, the Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites at Teaneck will be hosting a job fair on June 21 from 1 pm to 5 pm at the East Ballroom of the Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe at 100 Frank W. Burr Blvd in Teaneck, N.J. More ...

Something Shakespeare To Glen Rock Comes

GLEN ROCK, NJ - On Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m., The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey – Next Stage Ensemble will bring an exciting collage of moments and music from Shakespeare and the many authors he has inspired with a special production at the Glen Rock Public Library.  The performance is a benefit for the Friends of the Glen Rock Library and a reception follows.

Underwriting has ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...