Last night the American Red Cross, in cooperation with the Salvation Army, opened a shelter at the Salvation Army facility at 175 East 125th Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan. A total of 69 people (44 adults and 25 children) affected by yesterday’s East Harlem explosion registered to stay at the shelter overnight.
Today Red Cross caseworkers at the shelter will work with residents to further assess their immediate needs and to identify resources from government and other nonprofit agencies, including the Red Cross.
At noon today, the City will open up a Resident Service Center on the second floor of the Salvation Army building. The Center will serve as a single service site where people affected by the disaster can get information from numerous government agencies and nonprofits about how they can be connected with resources, from clothing to longer-term housing options. Some of the agencies at the Center will include the Department of Mental Health & Hygiene, the Department of Aging, the Department of Homeless Services, the Department of Buildings, Small Business Services and the Department of Housing Preservation & Development.
The Center will be open from noon to 9 pm today; its hours tomorrow will be from 8 am to 6 pm. Anyone affected by the explosion is welcome to visit the Center for help. They need not have stayed at the shelter or previously registered with the Red Cross.
Anyone who is still in need of assistance should visit the Salvation Army building today to register with the Red Cross and/or speak with the agencies on site.
There, the Red Cross will continue to provide emotional support, food, and information in addition to giving people a safe and warm place to stay.
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.