The following is a letter submitted by the Cinnaminson Township Office of Emergency Management:
It has now been several days since many of you have lost power as a result of "Sandy" and the weather is now getting colder. Township officials have been in frequent contact with PSEG and they have assured us that they are working diligently to have power restored as quickly as possible.
In recent days, the weather has turned colder which is an additional hardship to those without power. If you need to have a warm place to stay, the Red Cross is continuing to operate emergency shelters in Pemberton and Burlington Township.
The Red Cross helps disaster victims by providing safe shelter, hot meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support and health services like first aid. Trained Red Cross workers often meet one-on-one with families to develop individual plans and identify available resources to help aid recovery.
Red Cross disaster relief focuses on relieving immediate disaster-caused needs so that families can get back on their feet and resume their lives as quickly as possible. The Red Cross also supports emergency workers, links family members outside the disaster area, and provides blood and blood products to disaster victims.
Due to high call volume, the Red Cross is asking individuals who are seeking assistance to go directly to one of the shelters listed below. In addition to providing a warm place to stay, the Red Cross has counselors on staff to provide emotional support for those in need and to help identify available resources to help aid recovery. You need not stay but you can seek the support you might need.
Red Cross shelters in the Burlington County area: Fountain of Life, 203 Columbus Road, Burlington Township, and; BCC, 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road in Pemberton.