The morning of Sept 17, Metro New York North disaster responders assisted twelve families (17 adults and four children) after a three-alarm fire from an adjacent vacant home jumped to a multi-family residence in Yonkers, N.Y. Five Red Cross volunteers met with the families on scene. Many were able to stay with friends and/or family, and all were provided by Red Cross with emergency funds for basic needs, and referrals to other community agencies. Four households of five adults and two children were provided with temporary housing.
Then, at 2 p.m., a second fire occurred at a private residence on Manhattan Ave. in Yonkers, displacing a family of five (two adults, three children and a family pet). Two Red Cross volunteers provided the family with emergency lodging and referrals to other agencies for help with their longer term needs.
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/metronyn or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossMetroN.