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Speaker Oliver Hails Ongoing Response; Urges Charitable Help

Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement Tuesday morning:

“I want to offer my deepest gratitude to all of the dedicated emergency responders who continue to work protecting residents throughout New Jersey. This has been a difficult storm, but their bravery and devotion helped ease our worries and continues to do so. Their courage never ceases to amaze.

“I would also like to thank the Governor, the administration and all the emergency management and local officials for their great efforts to keep everyone safe.

“And my heart goes out to all those who have suffered a loss during the storm. On behalf of the General Assembly, our prayers are with you.

“I implore everyone to continue to listen to the advice of emergency management officials. The storm may have eased but concerns remain about persistent dangers. Be safe. Be smart.

“Meanwhile, if you can, please do what you can to help. The need will be great. Financial donations, for instance, can help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance. To donate, people can visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

“And if you’re able, you can also help your neighbors by volunteering. If you’re able and interested, call the state?s volunteer emergency response hotline at 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397).

“The President has also declared several counties a disaster area, clearing the way for federal funds to be made available to help. I thank him for this action, and I urge everyone affected to keep informed as to what assistance will be made available.”