Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Red Cross Aquatics Program to Launch Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Training

TINTON FALLS, NJ, March 28 2011 – The Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross is now accepting participants for spring Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instructor courses. The Red Cross is there to help people prepare for emergencies, from a swimming emergency to a heart attack to heat related emergencies. It is important to be safe in, on, and around the water. Swimmers of all ages and abilities can develop their swimming and water safety skills by contacting the Red Cross. If you’re 15 or older and looking for a great summer job or challenging career that’s in demand, the Red Cross Lifeguarding program is the place to start. Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn patron rescue and surveillance skills, first aid and CPR/AED. Courses are available with a focus on a variety of environments, including pools, waterfronts, water parks and shallow water attractions. You can also become a certified Red Cross Water Safety instructor. Learn to teach children and adults to swim, and give water safety presentations to kids and their parents. All pool sessions are held at the Jewish Community Center in Deal, NJ and classroom sessions at Jersey Coast Chapter headquarters in Tinton Falls, NJ. To view, register and learn about class opportunities, visit jerseycoast-redcross.org or call Laurie (732) 493-9100 ext. 1244 or visit the chapter in Tinton Falls Mon., Tues., Wed. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or Thurs. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lifeguards up and down the Jersey Shore are American Red Cross certified. Please enroll today to be able to be a hero and save a life all while changing your own.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fires, Floods, Earthquakes and Tsunamis?

Red Cross Local, National and International Outreach

TINTON FALLS, NJ, March 15, 2011 – Fires, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis? Friday, March 11, 2011 was a busy day at the Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross as Mother Nature unleashed her wrath. On Friday morning, the Red Cross was on the scene in Ocean Grove responding to the fire, keeping in touch with all NJ chapters for the severe flooding up north and reacting to the earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan and impacted the west coast. This is just a day in the life at the local American Red Cross which holds a strong presence down the street, across the country and around the world.

Down the street, a team of eight trained disaster volunteers and staff worked with individuals and families displaced from a vicious fire in Ocean Grove on Friday morning. Red Cross disaster relief and assistance was given to a total of 15 people, including assistance for food, clothing, shelter and other necessities. One Red Cross volunteer commented, “The people affected by the fire in Ocean Grove were just getting over the one that happened a year ago, almost to the date.” Red Cross was there one year ago, and there last Friday providing compassionate relief and assistance to the people whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

Across the country and in our state, the floods in northern NJ have been affecting the lives of hundreds of people, creating a need for a Red Cross response for sheltering and feeding. The Jersey Coast region is supporting the Red Cross of northern NJ by providing several volunteers to help with the response efforts.

Around the world, the American Red Cross is also working with the Japanese Red Cross to assess their needs and see how we can help them in their time of disaster. Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

“March is Red Cross Month and it is so important to share our message with the communities that we serve and educate the public about our mission,” said Tara Kelly, Regional CEO of the Jersey Coast Chapter. “When people join the Red Cross by volunteering, donating blood, taking a course or making a contribution, they enable us to continue our work, both here at home, and around the world,” Kelly said.

To donate or volunteer for the Jersey Coast Chapter so that we can continue to provide assistance down the street, across the country and around the world, please call 732-493-9100 or visit jerseycoast-redcross.org.

Friday, March 11, 2011

American Red Cross Responds to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 — The American Red Cross stands ready and willing to assist following a magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami that affected other countries in the Pacific region.

The Japanese Red Cross Society has extraordinary disaster response capabilities, and has mobilized eleven teams to heavily-damaged communities to provide assessments and first aid and prepare to supply emotional support and relief. The American Red Cross is in communication through its global partners with the Pacific nations that sustained the most damage, and stands ready to provide assistance as needed. To date, the Red Cross has not received any requests for blood from the Japanese Red Cross, the Japanese government of the United States State Department.

With potential danger headed to the west coast of the United States, Red Cross chapters are on alert and stand ready to provide assistance as needed in their communities in coordination with local and federal response partners. Red Cross warehouses in Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands), California, Washington and Hawaii are mobilizing resources; and approximately 100 mobile feeding vehicles are on standby. Evacuation shelters are open with additional locations on standby in Oregon, Washington and California. The Red Cross does not collect blood in Hawaii but has reached out to other blood collection agencies to offer services and is on standby to support any blood needs across the mainland as well.

The best way to contact or locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan is to contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or (202) 647-5225. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has offered to assist Japan with restoring family links.

In addition, with ongoing evacuations in the United States, the Red Cross Safe and Well website is a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies like tsunamis. There are several easy ways to register yourself or search for a loved one on the Safe and Well website: from a computer, visit www.redcross.org, from a smartphone visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell or from any phone, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for help registering.

Red Cross Meets Emergency Needs of Ocean Grove Fire Victims

Disaster Responders to Assist Those in Need

TINTON FALLS, NJ, March 11, 2011 – The Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross is meeting the emergency needs of individuals and families affected by the fire which destroyed several homes in Ocean Grove early this morning. Trained Red Cross disaster responders are on the scene, ensuring that each of the families immediate needs are being met.

A team of eight disaster responders from the chapter are supporting the affected families in all aspects of disaster relief. “Our trained disaster responders and volunteers are on the scene providing emergency assistance to those in need, based on each family’s need,” said Melissa DeGennaro, spokeswoman for the Jersey Coast Chapter. The Jersey Coast disaster response team is currently working with at least 28 individuals to assess their needs and will be supporting several families with disaster relief including assistance for shelter, food, clothing and other essentials.

Generous donations of time and money enable the Red Cross to respond immediately to many disasters throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Red Cross disaster assistance is free, thanks to the generosity of the American public. “Donations allow us to continue our work in helping our neighbors during their emergencies throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties,” said DeGennaro.

To become more involved with the Jersey Coast Chapter, make a donation to our disaster relief fund so we can replenish our funds to continue to assist your own neighbors, or volunteer, please call 732-493-9100 or visit jerseycoast-redcross.org.