New Jersey Red Cross disaster workers driving vehicles needed for relief effort

SOMERSET HILLS NJ - The New Jersey Red Cross has mobilized, and will send a convoy to the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.  The convoy will depart from Fairfield at 10:30 AM on Tuesday.

The Red Cross is responding to the the threat Hurricane Harvey poses to residents along the Gulf Coast.  Dangerous flooding continues in Texas and parts of Louisiana.  An estimated 6,000 people have sought refuge in dozens of shelters in Texas Sunday night. Shelters are also open in Louisiana as bands from the storm move to the east.

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The Red Cross has mobilized hundreds of disaster workers, more than 200 response vehicles —almost half of our fleet— and more than 80 tractor-trailer loads of cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies. The Red Cross has enough shelter supplies in Texas to support 34,000 people and supplies for an additional 18,000 people are being sent in now.

On Tuesday, August 29, New Jersey Red Cross disaster workers will leave Fairfield, NJ driving two Red Cross emergency response vehicles to Texas to help with relief efforts. These four New Jersey Red Crossers will join 19 New Jersey Red Cross disaster workers who are supporting the relief operations in Texas.

“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.”