American Red Cross disaster responders were at the scene of a three-alarm fire on Saratoga Avenue in Brooklyn on President’s Day, Feb. 17. As a result of the fire, which tore through portions of a 35-unit building, all of the building's residents were displaced. The Red Cross worked with dozens of households to ensure that their emergency needs—for shelter, food, blankets, personal hygiene kits and emotional support—were met. A total of 13 families (28 adults and 11 children) required emergency housing, which the Red Cross provided.
President’s Day Weekend was an extremely busy one for the Greater NY Red Cross. Between Saturday, February 15, and Monday, February 17, we provided assistance to more than 125 people following more than 25 local disasters in NYC, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley.
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.