On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 11, 2015, a mudslide in Yonkers, N.Y. forced the evacuation of a large apartment building housing a significant senior population. As more than one hundred residents were forced from their homes with just the clothes on their backs, the Red Cross sprang into action.
In coordination with the City of Yonkers, a Red Cross relief center was immediately opened at the nearby Police Athletic League providing a safe haven for the displaced individuals. There, residents found warm meals, snacks, water and emotional support. Trained Red Cross mental-health and health services volunteers were also on hand to address any special needs, for example, helping connect elderly residents with medical assistance and procuring lost prescriptions. Additional Red Cross services included emergency financial assistance for food and clothing.
Residents unable to self-relocate were housed in local hotels by the City of Yonkers and Municipal Housing.
The center was reopened on Thursday for those in need of assistance.
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 visit us on Twitter at @redcrossny.