The Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to damage caused by a line of severe thunderstorms on Wednesday evening in the Capital Region. The National Weather Service later confirmed that two tornadoes from the storms touched down, including an EF-2 tornado that traveled through Montgomery and Schenectady counties and caused property damage and an injury that required hospitalization.
In response to widespread storm damage and power outages, Red Cross volunteers and staff provided snacks and water to residents in the Bellevue and Woodlawn neighborhoods of Schenectady, as well as impacted neighborhoods in Green Island and Troy. On Thursday evening, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara joined Red Cross staff and volunteers in distributing water and snacks in the Bellevue neighborhood he represents in the State Assembly.
Additionally, disaster relief teams traveled throughout the region to assess the damage throughout the day.
The American Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by all types of disasters, both large and small. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week - and are ready to help when needed with disaster assessment, client casework, sheltering, mass care, feeding, and more.
The ability for the Red Cross to respond to disasters is made possible solely through the generous donations made by the public. To assist those affected by disasters, visit www.redcross.org to volunteer and/or donate to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.