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American Red Cross Established New Pandemic Protocols

By RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor | April 14, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 041620113

Jersey City, NJ - American Red Cross spokeswoman Diane Concannon said the coronavirus crisis has forced the organization to establish new protocols, including remote casework, social distancing and wellness screenings.

The spokeswoman said the Red Cross was providing aid to 14 of 16 people that were displaced by a three-alarm fire that involved two First Street dwellings in Jersey City, April 14th.

“During the coronavirus crisis, the Red Cross will continue to support individuals and families impacted by local fires and other disasters in our communities,” she said. “Our physical presence may not be the same with each response, but the emergency help we provide will continue.”

The fire involved the cockloft area of 392 First Street with extension to Exposure 'B' on a street with rows of attached buildings. Due to the exposure problems, Deputy Chief Drennan struck a third-alarm. A severe extension of flames was quickly suppressed.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.