ALBANY, NY (September 30, 2015) – Following a night of heavy rain, volunteers from the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region provided emergency aid throughout the day to residents affected by flooding. Teams of Red Cross workers were active simultaneously in Albany, Brunswick (Renesselaer County) and Saugerties (Ulster County).
In Albany, Red Cross volunteers cared for three families forced from their homes by floodwaters on Exchange and Sumpter Streets. The West Albany Fire Department served as a place of respite for volunteers to meet with affected families and determine their immediate needs. In total, the Red Cross aided 19 people in Albany – 6 adults and 13 children ranging from seven months to 16 years old. Residents were provided with assistance including temporary shelter, personal hygiene items, and money for food, clothing, bedding and infant supplies.
At the same time, in Brunswick, Red Cross workers were on scene to support residents of the Terrace Haven Mobile Home Park, where a washed out road left people with no direct access to their homes. As first responders worked to repair the road, volunteers distributed snacks and bottled water both to the affected residents and to emergency crews in the area.
In Saugerties, the Red Cross aided a single adult who had been evacuated from his cottage on Reservoir Road by boat because of flooding. A Red Cross volunteer responded immediately to provide emotional support as well as financial assistance for food, clothing and transportation.
Red Cross workers remain on standby across the region to assist additional residents as needed. In the coming days, staff and volunteers will be available to help those affected by flooding as they navigate the road to recovery.
Today’s events are a clear reminder of the importance of emergency preparedness. The Red Cross encourages all New York State residents to prepare themselves and their families for common emergencies by participating in a free NYS “Citizen Preparedness Corps” training. Visit redcross.org/cpc-eny to access fast, free online training, or request an in-person training session from your local Red Cross chapter. For more information about flood safety, please visit redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood.
HOW TO HELP
All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge and made possible by the generosity of the public. To donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief and help people affected by disasters big and small, including floods and home fires, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
The Red Cross relies on the power of volunteers to be able to respond to disasters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across a 24-county service area. Volunteers are needed now to help provide disaster relief across the region. To join the Red Cross as a disaster responder, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer, enter your home zip code and select “Disaster Services” as your area of interest.
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 www.redcross.org.