Following a massive storm system that swept through large parts of the country, the American Red Cross is supporting relief efforts locally and nationally.
After yesterday’s heavy rains here in our area, the Greater New York Red Cross is providing assistance to New Yorkers affected by localized flooding. Several Red Cross teams were in Lindenwood, Queens, and in East New York (Brooklyn) today, working with emergency partners, including the NYC Office of Emergency Management, to provide assistance to those affected. The initial Red Cross focus has been on approximately 300 homes that sustained the worst damage.
More than 20 Red Crossers spent the day distributing flood clean-up supplies, conducting damage assessment and working with families to determine whether further emergency assistance—temporary housing, emergency funds for basic necessities, and health and mental health services—is needed.
Red Cross disaster responders and caseworkers are continuing to provide assistance tonight, will return to the affected areas tomorrow to continue to provide assistance to additional households in need.
LOCAL VOLUNTEERS SUPPORT NATIONAL RELIEF EFFORT
Greater NY Red Cross disaster relief workers are also being deployed nationally to assist with the Red Cross response to tornadoes and flooding that devastated communities across the South and Midwest.
So far, three Red Cross relief workers have confirmed deployments:
• A disaster mental-health volunteer from Bay Shore (Long Island) leaves for Mississippi tomorrow.
• A casework manager (Spanish-speaking) from Brooklyn leaves for Mississippi today.
• A community partnership volunteer from Bay Ridge (Brooklyn) leaves for North Carolina today.
More staff are expected to deploy in the coming days.
NATIONAL RED CROSS RESPONSE TO STORMS IN SOUTH AND MIDWEST
As a result of the storm, Red Cross workers across the South and Midwest opened or supported community shelters for displaced residents. Red Cross workers are also providing health and mental health services and Red Cross emergency vehicles are distributing food and relief supplies throughout the affected states.
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.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.