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Volunteer for Hurricane Sandy Emergency Response – Here’s How to Get Involved

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The Christie Administration has activated an Emergency Volunteer Response Hotline. If you are interested in volunteering with a variety of Hurricane Sandy clean-up activities in New Jersey, call the state’s volunteer emergency response hotline at 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397).

We are continuing to investigate any issues with this volunteer phone number. If you are an official from any volunteer organization helping with cleanup and the victims of Hurricane Sandy, please use the comments section below to spread the word about your organization and ways that people can get involved. Thank you for your patience.

The back up numbers are 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471 or you could send an email to rowena.madden@sos.state.nj.us.

You can also check with the Red Cross. To find volunteer opportunities with the Red Cross call (732) 493-9100

You can always contact the Red Cross for monetary Donations by visiting their website http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations

1-800-RED-CROSS

or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

HERE to find other volunteer opportunities across NJ.

If storm conditions preclude the hotline from being answered by live operators, volunteers may call one of two backup hotline numbers: 609-775-5236 or 908-303-0471.  Volunteers may also send an email to rowena.madden@sos.state.nj.us.

If you are already a trained volunteer affiliated with an emergency response organization, please contact that agency to register your readiness to receive an assignment.

This hotline is managed by the New Jersey Business Action Center and the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism.  Both divisions are within the New Jersey Department of State.

Calls placed to the hotline will be received by the Business Action Center, which will work with the Office of Volunteerism and NJ AmeriCorps to match and direct volunteers where help is needed.  When live operators are not available, callers can leave a voicemail message that includes their place of residence, availability and skills.

Follow the NJOEM (New Jersey Office of Emergency Management) blog for latest Hurricane Sandy updates including road openings, state issued alerts and more.

Those who need help from volunteers and other services may call 211 or go online at www.nj211.org.

We are continuing to investigate any issues with this volunteer phone number. If you are an official from a volunteer organization helping with cleanup and the victims of Hurricane Sandy, please use the comments section below to spread the word about your organization and ways that people can get involved. Thank you for your patience.

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