10/4/2016 - Red Cross Emotional and Spiritual Care Resources Available to those Affected by Hoboken Train Accident

Red Cross Emotional and Spiritual Care Resources Available to those Affected by Hoboken Train Accident

HOBOKEN, NJ, September 30, 2016 - American Red Cross volunteers remain available to provide mental health and spiritual care services to those impacted by yesterday's train accident in Hoboken. "Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy," said Steven Sarlnelli, regional disaster officer, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. "The days that follow a tragedy can be a stressful time for those affected and their families. We invite those in need to utilize our emotional and spiritual care services during this difficult time."

For more information or to be connected with a Red Cross mental health or spiritual care volunteer, call 800-507-6058.

Following the accident Red Cross volunteers joined with other organizations and agencies to support a Family Assistance Center opened yesterday where resources were made available to those impacted. Red Cross disaster mental health, spiritual care and Safe & Well volunteers were available to provide assistance to those in need. The Family Assistance Center closed this morning al 9:00. For those who may be trying to find a loved one Impacted by the train accident, Red Cross Safe and Well is available to help locate them. Safe and Well ls an easy-to-use online tool to help families and individuals notify loved ones that they are safe during an emergency. Safe and Well allows people to list
their own status and allows friends and family to search for messages from their loved ones. If you are concerned about a loved one, visit the 'Search" page, enter the person's name and pre-disaster phone number or complete address. If your loved one has registered, you will be able to view the messages that they posted.

To register yourself or search for a loved one on the Safe and Well website visit redcross.org/safeandwell or from any phone call 1-800-RED CROSS to be connected with your local chapter.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides International humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross Is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform Its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.com or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey
The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8. 8 ml/lion In New Jersey. We at the American Red Cross, NJ Region, would like to express that our hearts go out to those Impacted by the train incident in Hoboken earlier today. Throughout the day, the Red Cross coordinated with state and local emergency officials to determine how we were best able to serve our community. Throughout the day, we worked diligently with staff and volunteers to support the Family Assistance Center located at 20 Caven Point Avenue, Jersey City. At this location, we were prepared with several licensed mental health workers, spiritual care providers, something to eat and drink, and a quiet place to receive updates from emergency officials. In addition to having these services available, Red Cross activated the no-cost Safe and Well program, a site that makes it possible for family and friends to search the list of those who registered themselves as safe by name and displaying a brief message, We anticipate that the Safe and Well program will remain operational for a longer period to allow family and friends to locate all loved ones who might have been on the train. In addition, we will continue to make disaster mental health counselors and spiritual care providers available to those who seek support after this tragic event. Right now, the American Red Cross New Jersey Region has what it needs to address the needs of this event, but we thank everyone for their support. This Is a good time to remind everyone that events such as these can be stressful to Individuals of all ages, and people should take extra care of themselves and their famllles. For example, they can try to surround themselves with people and activities that comfort them, and should be careful not to overexpose themselves to media reports about the tragedy.

Further Inquiries about this event can be directed to the American Red Cross NJ Region, 1-800-RedCross.