Cold weather often brings a spike in home fires as witnessed recently in the American Red Cross Metro New York North chapter. Just after 2 am the morning of December 11, a dramatic fire broke out in Yonkers, N.Y., displacing three households of five adults and seven children. The scene is hard to forget for anyone who saw it as a young mother threw her three-year-old twins out a second floor window to safety into a neighbor’s arms, and her 13-year-old daughter jumped. Four Red Cross volunteers, including mental health volunteers, have been working with the families to get them on the road to recovery.
Minutes later a fire broke out in Port Chester, N.Y., displacing 16 adults. Red Cross volunteers were on the scene immediately to help the affected families. Then, in the early hours of December 12, a fire broke out in Stony Point in Rockland County, a community still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Our dedicated volunteers worked with the five adults affected to meet their emergency needs for temporary housing and funds for basic necessities. At the same time, yet another group of Red Cross volunteers responded to a fire in Orange County.
And in the early morning of December 13, a fire broke out in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., with six households of 10 adults receiving Red Cross services.
Learn more about how you can prevent home fires—read these Red Cross fire safety tips.
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.