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Red Cross Urges New Jersey to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Diane Concannon

Friday, May 30, 2014 • 12:10am

PRINCETON, NJ, - The American Red Cross North Jersey Region is urging people and communities in New Jersey to ready today for the hurricane storm season which begins on June 1 and runs through November 30.

Hurricanes are powerful and dangerous storms. They can bring heavy rains that cause major flooding; destructive winds that down power lines, uproot trees and damage homes; and storm surges that travel several miles inland destroying everything in their path.

“Although it’s hard to imagine while the weather is nice and our skies are blue, New Jersey is all too familiar with the impact of the devastation these storms can bring,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “It’s important that families and individuals make time to build an emergency kit, create an evacuation plan, and download the Red Cross Hurricane App to help make it through the next storm safely.”

PREPARE BEFORE THE STORM. Now is the time for families and individuals to build an emergency kit and create an evacuation plan. The Red Cross has tools and safety steps that people can take before tropical storms or hurricanes threaten.

On Saturday, May 31, 2014 Red Cross volunteers will be on hand at the following Home Depot locations to help guide the public on how to prepare themselves and their families for potential hurricanes:

  • Home Depot – Paramus, 520 Route 17, Paramus, NJ, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Home Depot – Linden, 701 W. Edgar Road, Linden, NJ, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Home Depot – Bridgewater Promenade, 400 Promenade Blvd., Bridgewater, NJ, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Home Depot – Hackensack Plaza, 450 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack, NJ, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Home Depot – Newton, 7 North Park Drive, Newton, NJ, 10 a.m. – noon

DOWNLOAD THE HURRICANE APP. The free Red Cross Hurricane App puts real time information on hurricane safety at your fingertips. This app, which has more than 970,000 downloads, is a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.

Features of the Hurricane App include information on Red Cross shelters and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone instantly tell family and friends they are okay. People who are traveling or have loved ones in hurricane-prone areas can also use the app to receive weather alerts.

The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. Learn more about all of the Red Cross mobile apps at redcross.org/mobileapps

Learn more about hurricane preparedness at redcross.org.

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.

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region: The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 3,000 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 485 local home fires, helping 1,269 displaced families; collected more than 26,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,985 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 79,341 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.

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