A blog about living in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Local Red Cross Volunteers and Staff Assisted in Cape May Outage

The Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross in Tinton Falls responded to the massive power outages in southern New Jersey last week by sending personnel and equipment to Cape May County to help. A Red Cross strike team went to equip and man super shelters capable of offering temporary housing for up to a thousand people without heat and electricity. At the same time, Red Cross managers staffed a command post at Tinton Falls, coordinating their strike force's activities by phone and computer on shifts that lasted up to 20 hours a day.

The Press of Atlantic City reported that the Red Cross opened two super shelters, one at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, and another at the Woodbine Developmental Center in Woodbine. The super shelters were intended to consolidate the many smaller temporary housing centers then operating. A Red Cross spokesman quoted by Shore News Today said that Red Cross chapters in six counties were on the scene helping out.


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