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Update: Red Cross East Harlem Response

Update: Red Cross East Harlem Response
"The Red Cross will remain on the scene as long as needed to continue to be there alongside our fellow New Yorkers."

Ten days later, the American Red Cross continues to assist those affected by the tragic East Harlem explosion and building collapse. Here’s a snapshot of the response:

  • Greater New York Red Cross caseworkers remain at the New York City Resident Service Center at 1580 Park Avenue to help affected residents. More than 97 families have been comforted and assisted by Red Cross caseworkers at the Center.
  • Over 100 volunteers from across the Greater NY Region responded to the call to help those affected.
  • The Greater NY Red Cross Emergency Operations Center remains operational 24/7, as it has since the explosion.
  • More than 18,000 meals, snacks and beverages have been served.
  • More than 70 residents overnighted at the Red Cross shelter at PS 57 in the immediate wake of the explosion.
  • Dozens of children received solace and safe haven at the Red Cross shelter, with a little extra help from the Good Dog Foundation therapy dogs in conjunction with the ASPCA.
  • Nearly 600 blankets and cleanup kits have been distributed.
  • Red Cross Move-In assistance kits with food, clean-up kits and more are being distributed by Red Cross volunteers on site to families moving back into their homes.
  • Health and mental health services have been provided to dozens of East Harlem residents.
  • Our volunteers and employees have been tireless in their dedication to helping those affected by this tragedy,” said Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO, Greater New York Red Cross. “The Red Cross will remain on the scene as long as needed to continue to be there alongside our fellow New Yorkers.”
  • 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 follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.