ALBANY, NY (December 30, 2013) The American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region responded to more than 350 local fires in 2013.
“The generous donations we have received have allowed us to help the more than 1600 local fire victims this past year,” said Gary Striar, Regional CEO, American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. “As people make their year-end giving decisions we hope they will consider a gift to the Red Cross so we can continue our vital local work in 2014.”
Across the Northeastern New York Region, which spans from Poughkeepsie to Plattsburgh and west to Montgomery County, the Red Cross responded to 353 incidents, mostly residential fires. A total of 1692 people were assisted including 1,095 adults and 597 children.
Some of the major residential fire responses included the Orange Street fire in Albany that affected 32 people. In Saratoga Springs, 36 people were displaced after the Woodlawn Avenue fire and in Troy a fire on Eddys Lane affected 29 people.
Striar said, “Throughout 2013, hundreds of dedicated volunteers and staff allowed us to immediately respond to fires wherever and whenever they occurred. We couldn’t do this vital work without them.”
In addition to the more than 350 local fires the Red Cross also responded to unprecedented summer flooding in Fort Plain and Middleburgh. Local volunteers and staff were also sent to Oklahoma, Colorado, New York City and New Jersey to help support national disaster responses.
During the Fort Plain flooding, there were more than 300 overnights in the shelter, 11,000 meals served using our mobile kitchen, 18,000 snacks provided and 20,000 cleaning and relief supplies handed out. Even though the Northeastern New York Region worked with the Central New York Red Cross in managing this event, this was a major focus of all NENY's personnel and resources in July, in addition to normal operations.
Striar said, “This past year was exceptionally busy and we are so thankful to everyone who supported our efforts to help those in need. We appreciate the generous donations from our friends throughout the entire region, from the North Country down to the Mid-Hudson Valley.”
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free to those in need because of the generous donations from people in our communities across our entire region. People can help their neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a tax-deductible donation to their local Red Cross chapter. Donations can also be made by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.