On the morning of October 19, 2015, a fire erupted in the second story of a 30-unit apartment building in Huntington Station, N.Y., forcing dozens from their homes.
Upon learning of the incident, Red Cross volunteers rushed to the scene to provide assistance. They initially opened a reception center at a nearby church where, along with food and water, affected residents found a safe, warm place to await word on whether they would be able to return to their homes. Additionally, Red Cross mental and physical health professionals to provide emotional support and first aid for those who needed it.
Ultimately, the Red Cross provided temporary housing for 4 families who could not return to their apartments, the rest were able to return home safely that evening.