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Friday, September 09, 2005

JC PITCHES IN

JERSEY CITY JOINS RELIEF EFFORTS IN WAKE OF KATRINA CATASTROPHE
Mayor Healy Pleas For Outpouring of Donors & Volunteers

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The City of Jersey City and the Office of Mayor are in the preparatory phase for deployment of resources and personnel to assist the victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy has called a Local Emergency Planning Council meeting for next week to discuss how the city can best assist the relief effort in the Gulf Coast region.

Acting Governor Richard Codey has requested through the New Jersey State Police that the deployment of manpower to the region be conducted in an organized manner, and therefore is being handled on an “as-requested” basis.

In the wake of the devastation, the Red Cross Bergen-Hudson Chapter will hold a training seminar for any residents who would like to volunteer their time to the relief effort in New Orleans. The training will be held on Wednesday, September 7, at 4pm at the Red Cross local office, located at 26 Greenville Avenue, between Old Bergen Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard. Those who wish to donate can do so through the following:

MAIL:
Red Cross Bergen-Hudson Chapter
26 Greenville Avenue
Jersey City, NJ
(Checks and Money Orders only)

WEB: www.redcross.org

PHONE: 1-800-HELP-NOW

Jersey City Office of Emergency Management will be hosting additional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training programs to train Jersey City employees, residents, and the professional community on how to volunteer for deployment. Red Cross training will also be integrated into the program. CERT gives local residents an opportunity to receive hands-on and in-the-field training to respond to a wide range of emergencies.

Jersey City residents with someone missing in the Hurricane Katrina disaster areas are urged to register their information at the National Next of Kin Registry by going to their web site at www.nokr.org. The National Next of Kin Registry is a free service to the public that passes along vital information to emergency authorities about people who may be missing, injured, or deceased. By registering a potential victim, you can help local and state agencies to locate families for those affected by the tragedy.

For more information about the Red Cross and its relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina, inquiries may be made by calling 201-652-3210.

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