ALBANY, NY (September 9, 2015) - Volunteers from the Northeastern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross are working with National Grid and the City of Albany to care for Albany residents affected by an underground power outage near Washington Park. The Red Cross is opening a respite center at First Assembly of God Church (477 Krumkill Road, Albany) to provide meals, cold water and an air-conditioned space for those in need.
Volunteers are also delivering meals to residents of three senior apartment communities affected by the power outage. The Red Cross will continue to work in coordination with local officials to meet additional needs, and is prepared to provide overnight shelter if it becomes necessary.
In addition to providing for Albany residents in the outage area, the Red Cross is loaning 300 cots to the College of St. Rose to help care for students who may be without power. Volunteers are also providing water and meals to first responders on scene.
The Red Cross relies on the power of volunteers to be able to respond to disasters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 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.
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, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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.