Tonight, the American Red Cross will continue to operate a shelter at the Salvation Army facility at 175 East 125th Street and 3rd Avenue for those affected by the March 12 East Harlem explosion. Currently the Red Cross has registered 119 people (68 adults and 51 children) for a total of 28 families.
At the City’s Resident Service Center, on the second floor of the Salvation Army Facility, residents are able to meet with representatives from a number of government and nonprofit agencies to learn about obtaining resources, from clothing to longer-term housing. Some agencies at the Center included the Dept. of Mental Health & Hygiene, the Dept. of Aging, the Dept. of Small Business Services, and the Dept. of Buildings. The Center will remain open until 9pm tonight and will be open tomorrow from 8 am to 6 pm.
Last night, 69 adults and children overnighted at the shelter.
The Red Cross also supported first responders and other emergency workers at the scene of the explosion with food.
People looking for loved ones are encouraged to call 311 for assistance.
In the days to come, the Red Cross will continue to provide emergency relief and comfort to all affected by this tragic incident.
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/gny or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.