RED CROSS ASKING FOR PEOPLE TO DONATE BLOOD

Hurricane Irene’s devastating effects are hitting New Jersey’s blood banks and hospitals hard.  Numerous blood drives had to be canceled statewide. People who want to schedule an appointment to donate blood or locate a blood drive can find a location near them by calling 1-800-Red Cross or visiting www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation Platelet donors are especially important for…

CAPE MAY COUNTY BEACHES ARE OPEN

The Ocean Water Monitoring program continues in Cape May County. The monitoring sites were tested following Hurricane Irene on Monday, August 29, 2011.  After reviewing the test results, all beaches in Cape May County are open and safe for bathing. County officials remind those going to the beach to only swim at guarded beaches.

WARNING ISSUED ON CHARITIES AND HOME REPAIRS

Governor Chris Christie, Attorney General Paula T. Dow, and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs warned consumers to watch for home repair scams and charity scams during the post-Hurricane Irene recovery period. They noted that dishonest home improvement contractors have been known to prey on individuals seeking to repair their homes after severe flooding incidents. …

MOST POWER IS RESTORED BY AC ELECTRIC

Atlantic City Electric reports that 99 percent of power has been returned to its custoimers. The utility continues to ask customers to report an outage if they have one. The company continues to dispatch crews to localized outage areas in parts of southern New Jersey, where the extensive damage associated with these outages makes restoring…

DISASTER DECLARED IN NEW JERSEY BY PRESIDENT

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Irene beginning on August 27, 2011, and continuing. The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Bergen,…