The American Red Cross had a busy day Nov. 12, responding to 11 incidents. These included three multiple-alarm fires in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, as well as other home fires and incidents in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester and Rockland County.
At the start of the day, about 7:30 am, Greater New York disaster responders were at the scene of a three-alarm fire that tore through a two-story building on Taylor Ave. in the Bronx. They provided humanitarian assistance to 19 adults and 16 children, including emergency funds for food and clothing and temporary housing as needed.
That afternoon, around 5:00 pm, Red Cross responders assisted 20 people displaced from their homes by a two-alarm fire on Brighton 7th Street in Brooklyn. Red Cross provided all four households (18 adults and two children) with emergency housing and funds for basic necessities.
Then, just after 7:00 pm, a 4-alarm fire raged through a six-story apartment building on 129th Street in Queens. Red Cross was once again on the scene, providing help for 16 adults and 2 children displaced by the blaze. Four displaced families (eight adults and two children) received emergency funds and temporary housing from the Red Cross.
In between these larger responses, Greater New York Red Cross disaster workers were at the scene of six more fires and two vacates. In all that day, 87 adults and 28 children received comfort and assistance from the Red Cross.
Today, many of those displaced are meeting one-on-one with Red Cross caseworkers to assess their longer-term needs.
All affected by these incidents are 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.