Sun Chemical offered space in its Carlstadt, NJ facility as a contingency emergency operations center that the Red Cross would use in the event its main facility was incapacitated. The state-of-the-art facility can provide up to 32 phone lines, faxes, access to cable TV and high-speed Internet connections.
“Promoting safety and being a good neighbor are two issues we feel strongly about here at Sun Chemical,” said Dr. John Rooney, vice president technology, Sun Chemical. “By cooperating and providing resources to the Red Cross, we are supporting and promoting those initiatives.”
Sun Chemical also offered Red Cross storage space to house disaster supplies (cots, blankets, comfort kits, etc.), and space at one of its facilities to park a trailer of emergency supplies. Currently, the Red Cross holds monthly disaster action team meetings in Sun Chemical’s Carlstadt facility.
“Sun Chemical gave us access to its well-equipped technology, which is needed for effective community disaster response,” said Mona Bookman, director of emergency services at the Bergen-Hudson Red Cross. “Sun also provided Red Cross the use of storage space, which helps us logistically in the southern portion of the county. Sun Chemical is giving generously and in doing so is helping their community through the Red Cross.”
Community involvement in northern New Jersey is not new for Sun Chemical. For example, the Red Cross and local law enforcement agencies currently use the Carlstadt facility to conduct a 12-week training course for domestic violence response teams.