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Red Cross Responds To Explosion, Tornadoes, Fires

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You can help by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief.

The American Red Cross is responding across the country, helping people affected by everything from tornadoes and explosions to fires in their homes.

NEW YORK EXPLOSION An explosion and 7-alarm fire affected several buildings in Manhattan Thursday, forcing residents to leave their homes. The Greater New York Region deployed disaster workers, opened a Reception Center, dispatched multiple Emergency Response Vehicles and collaborated with partners to provide meals for clients and first responders. Josh Lockwood, chief executive officer for the Red Cross in New York, describes the response in this video.

OKLAHOMA TORNADOES Red Cross workers provided shelter for 48 people overnight in the aftermath of this week’s tornadoes in Oklahoma. Seven tornadoes hit the region Wednesday, destroying homes and leaving thousands without power. The Red Cross is working with partner organizations and is out in the affected area, distributing meals, snacks and drinks, relief items and helping assess the damage. The Red Cross is working with state and local officials to ensure assistance is available to those in need.

HOME FIRES The Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters every year and most of these are home fires. This week was no different. Some of the week’s larger fire responses included a multi-family fire in East Nashville, Tennessee. The Red Cross provided food and shelter and is working with those affected to determine what other help they need.

In Cincinnati, Ohio, a four-alarm apartment fire affected dozens of units and impacted many of the building’s residents. The Red Cross provided canteen services for emergency responders and is working with those impacted by the blaze as they plan their next steps.

In Baltimore, Maryland, a 23-unit apartment fire displaced more than 40 people. The Red Cross is working with the families to determine what assistance is needed.

The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is working to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires in this country by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. You can find out more about this effort here.

HOW TO HELP You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.