The evening of January 7, as the wind picked up and temperatures dipped into single digits, the American Red Cross responded to 16 fires and other incidents across the Greater New York Region, which included two multiple-alarm fires in Yonkers, N.Y. At each incident, the Red Cross helped affected residents, as well as provided support to first responders battling the fires.
The first Yonkers fire, at an apartment building on Riverdale Avenue, was quickly contained by firefighters. As a safety precaution, with help from our partner, the Yonkers Office of Emergency Management (OEM), residents were evacuated to the nearby Peter Chema Community Center. There, Red Cross volunteers provided residents with status updates, emotional support, water and a warm place to stay. When the building was reopened, Red Cross provided two residents from the fire with emergency assistance.
As Red Cross volunteers and Yonkers OEM personnel were leaving the scene, a second fire broke out at a multi-family home on Beech Street. Yonkers police, in coordination with Yonkers OEM, provided a bus for use as a Reception/Intake Center.
Red Cross volunteers met with affected families at the bus and determined that three families (seven adults and four children) were in need of emergency housing and funds for basic needs, which the Red Cross provided. Three other households (five adults and one child) also received emergency funds to cover food and replacement clothing. Additionally, Red Cross responders provided hot beverages to the first responders fighting the blaze.
The Red Cross will continue to work with affected residents as necessary to ensure that their immediate needs are met.
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.