American Red Cross teams were at the scene of a 5-alarm fire that damaged at least five buildings on 68th Ave. in Middle Village, Queens Sept. 9. Red Cross disaster responders worked to ensure that the emergency needs of those affected were met. Forty one people (25 adults and 16 children) registered for Red Cross services. Four displaced households of eight adults and six children required emergency housing that the Red Cross provided. We also provided five families (13 adults and 8 children) with emergency funds for food and clothing.
Many of those affected are expected to come to Greater New York headquarters in Manhattan this week to meet one-on-one with caseworkers to discuss their longer-term needs.
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 or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.