Saturday afternoon a gas explosion destroyed a three-story building on 13th Ave in Borough Park Brooklyn, leaving nearly a dozen families homeless. The blast also caused major damage to neighboring buildings. Red Cross teams were immediately dispatched to provide emergency assistance: temporary housing, food, clothing, and blankets, as well as emotional and physical health support to the families in need. Ten of the displaced adults and nine displaced children were provided safe shelter by the Red Cross. In the days after the tragedy, an information center was set up at the nearby P.S. 164 school to provide affected families with ongoing support. The Red Cross’ Disaster Mental Health team have been on hand to provide emotional care to affected residents and to family members who lost ones in the blast. The Red Cross will continue to support families affected by the explosion in the coming days. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this tragedy.
This past week the Red Cross responded to 38 local disasters and aided 89 adults and 25 children in their time of need.