It’s been a busy few days for the American Red Cross Metro New York North chapter as Red Crossers help their neighbors in need throughout the area. Home fires impacted six families and a group of armed services veterans, and our volunteers were on hand to offer support and comfort when it was needed most. Outlined below are some of the highlights from the activities of the past four days.
Friday April 5th
The American Red Cross responded to an early morning two-alarm fire in Port Jervis that displaced a family of three and their three dogs, all of whom were unharmed. Metro New York Red Crossers were on scene providing emotional support; we continue to work closely with the family to ensure they are on the road to recovery.
Saturday, April 6th
Metro New York Red Crossers from Westchester and Putnam counties responded to two separate fires in Buchanan, N.Y. and Kent, N.Y.
In Buchanan, Red Crossers assisted a family of three—a mother, her 21-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son, with emergency lodging, assistance for lost personal items, referrals to other community agencies for further aid, and most importantly, emotional support.
Later that same evening a kitchen fire displaced a family of three in Kent. Our Red Cross team provided a safe place to stay, comfort, and assistance for incidentals, such as food and storage of personal items.
Sunday, April 7th
A fire in Yonkers displaced a group of eleven armed services veterans. Working closely with our community partner, the Yonkers Office of Emergency Management, all the veterans were immediately placed in emergency lodging and provided assistance for incidentals, including food and storage. Jackie Jones, Metro New York North’s Service to the Armed Forces lead and a mental health professional, worked with the Red Cross team to ensure that all the veterans received emotional support and crisis counseling. Luckily the men were able to retrieve their clothing and personal items. Since the fire, the Red Cross has been working closely with the Veterans Administration to ensure that each man’s long-term needs are met.
Monday, April 8th
Red Crossers were dispatched at the request of the Chester Fire Department to assist at a condominium fire that had affected five condominiums, displacing three families, a total of 10 people. Our mental health volunteer provided emotional support to those affected, especially one family that had lost a pet in the blaze. Emergency lodging and assistance for lost personal items was provided to two families; the third family had a place to stay.
In the days to come, the Red Cross will continue to follow up with the affected families from all of these fires to help with their longer-term needs.