The American Red Cross was at the scene of a 3-alarm high-rise fire on West 43rd Street in Manhattan January 5 to a provide assistance to the building's residents. Four apartments suffered severe damage from this blaze, which began on the 20th floor, and residents from three floors were temporarily displaced.
Red Cross teams worked with residents to determine their immediate needs, including emergency lodging and emotional support. The Red Cross also provided blankets, water and snacks to dozens outside and in the building's lobby.
This response was part of an unusually busy three-day period for the Red Cross in Greater NY, one which began Friday, when winter storm Hercules brought the area over six inches of snow, along with extreme cold and high winds.
Since early Friday morning, Greater NY disaster workers have responded to 38 incidents, including fires (several multi-alarm), water main breaks and building vacates, helping nearly 200 adults and children. The Red Cross also worked with emergency partners to open two warming centers on Long Island.
Red Cross volunteers are mobilized to respond to additional disasters during the coming days. Particular attention is being paid to a new cold front set to descend on our area Tuesday, once again bringing high winds and subzero temperatures.
Red Cross sees spike in home fires during extreme weather, and we urge you to read the following safety tips:
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.