American Red Cross disaster responders were on the scene of yesterday’s explosion and subsequent partial collapse of 17 Pike Street in Manhattan’s Chinatown that displaced 18 families.
After a full vacate order was issued for the building, the Red Cross workers spent the day with local residents at a reception center (PS 2) half-a-block away from the fire building, assisting them with their emergency needs: emotional support, food, water and emergency housing.
Because many of these individuals did not speak English, the Red Cross partnered with local government officials and community groups to translate from English to Mandarin, Cantonese and Fujienese.
Of the 18 households left homeless by the explosion, a total of 10 (28 adults and three children) required emergency housing that the Red Cross provided. Affected families are also invited to meet with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days for additional services.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, all Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost to those affected.
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.