This past weekend (Nov. 22 to 24), the American Red Cross responded to 31 home fires and other incidents across the Greater New York region. Red Cross disaster responders brought help and hope to more than 180 adults and children displaced from their homes as the weather turned brutally cold.
Those incidents included a three-alarm fire on 138th Street in Manhattan Nov. 24. Red Cross workers spoke with 58 adults and 10 children to ascertain their immediate needs. Five families of 12 adults were determined to need emergency housing, which was supplied by the Red Cross.
At a two-alarm fire at Hardy Place in Yonkers, N.Y., Sunday night, that displaced a family of four adults and one child, the Red Cross provided the family with all needed emergency assistance, including lodging and referrals with community partners.
And at a fire in Coram, N.Y., in Suffolk County on Nov. 22, Red Cross responders talked with 20 adults and two children, and provided two families with temporary housing.
During cold weather, the number of home fires often rises, one of the reasons being the use of alternative heating methods.
The Red Cross urges everyone to stay safe this winter by following the tips below:
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.