Exactly a year ago, Superstorm Sandy lashed our shores, causing untold damage and upending tens of thousands of lives. Today, American Red Cross volunteers and employees across the Greater New York region are gathering to honor the one-year anniversary of the storm by supporting their communities through service initiatives, attending commemorative events, and continuing to assist those affected by disaster.
Since early this morning, Red Cross teams have been at the scene of a 4-alarm fire on South Bond St. in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., that erupted at about 3 a.m., tragically taking the lives of four people. In coordination with City of Mount Vernon emergency officials, a reception center has been opened at nearby St. Mary’s church.
There, the Red Cross is providing the families affected by the fire with food, beverages, and a warm, safe haven, while trained Red Cross mental health volunteers are providing emotional support to the grieving community.
Additionally, the Red Cross is also offering emergency housing and funds for food and clothing to all who have been displaced by this fire. Our hearts go out to all affected, particularly those who lost family members.
In the year since Sandy, the Greater New York region responded to close to 2,300 local disasters, mostly home fires, and helped nearly 12,000 adults and children affected by those disasters. This is in addition to the tens of thousands of residents the Red Cross has assisted following the historic storm.
This recovery work continues every day—through direct financial assistance addressing an array of housing needs, through grants to dozens of local organizations involved in Sandy recovery, and by meeting with individuals one-on-one to help chart their paths to recovery.
Everyone affected by a disaster in the Greater New York area is invited to contact 877-RED CROSS (877-733-2767) for further assistance and emotional support.
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.