SAN DIEGO, March 30, 2010Residents in Northern New Jersey are receiving help from the American Red Cross as they battle floodwaters from the recent Nor’easter that was followed this week by heavy rains.  Several rivers have swollen and flooded homes causing property damage and forcing hundreds from their homes. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is doing its part to help those affected.

Veronica M. Martinez, a staff member at the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, has been sent on a two-week deployment to New Jersey to perform casework involving those who have experienced damage or have been displaced by the floods.  She is canvassing neighborhoods in the affected areas and determining what Red Cross services are needed to help residents.   During a disaster, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, mental health counseling, emotional support, health service consultations, basic first aid services, clean-up supplies and comfort items.  Veronica was recruited for her expertise in casework and for her ability to communicate in Spanish.

“This has been such a rewarding experience,” says Martinez.  “I am so honored to be a part of the Red Cross response team and to be on the ground alleviating people’s suffering and seeing the relief on their faces when we knock on their door.”

Veronica is a member of SafeCorps, a subset of AmeriCorps that utilizes partnerships with the Red Cross and the Corporation for National and Community Service to capture the energy and enthusiasm of some of California’s brightest young leaders.  Veronica specializes in local outreach to Spanish-speaking communities.  This is her first national deployment.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Counties “America’s most prepared communities.” With the public’s ongoing support we provide life saving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit