Volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross have opened an emergency shelter in Hyde Park to aid residents displaced by a large structure fire on Hook Road in the town of Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County). Current estimates suggest that approximately 40 people may be affected by damage to three separate buildings impacted by the fire.
The Red Cross is on scene now at the location of the fire, providing meals and emotional support to affected residents and first responders. At the emergency shelter, the Red Cross will continue to offer meals and snacks, along with temporary lodging and other necessities to aid those affected by the fire. Volunteers will also be available to work one-on-one with displaced families to help them build their individualized recovery plans.
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.
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. Local volunteers are needed now to help the Red Cross provide disaster relief across the Mid-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 www.redcross.org.