Monday, August 11, 2014


In the last week the Red Cross provided emergency relief in the form of shelter, food, clothing, health services and/or emotional support to 279 New Yorkers impacted by 46 disasters in our region. Here are some highlights from the last week.


  • Over the weekend, Red Cross volunteers helped 35 people after a three-alarm fire on Saratoga Avenue in Yonkers broke out late Saturday evening. In coordination with Yonkers OEM, a shelter was set up at the Peter Chema Community Center. Volunteers worked all night to make sure all affected had support and a safe place to sleep. See pictures

  • On August 9, a number of Red Cross volunteers spent Saturday on Staten Island participating in a Superstorm Sandy rebuild. The rebuild took place with our partner, Tunnel to Towers, that received a Red Cross grant to rebuild homes damaged by Sandy. See photos.
  • Red Cross volunteers from Metro New York North partnered with members of our FDNY Disaster Assistance Response Team for an ERV (Emergency Response Vehicle) Road Test on Aug. 9.
  • The Visiting Nurse Service of New York will be hosting four Disaster Distress Response Programs in the Greater New York area this August. The programs are funded by the American Red Cross, Read our web story to find out more about the upcoming programs.
  • On Aug. 4, the Red Cross assisted residents displaced by a vacate on Kings Highway in Brooklyn. Red Cross registered 28 families for possible assistance, and provided emergency housing to three adults. 
  • Over 100 people attended the Train the Trainer preparedness workshop on August 6. The event was part of the Governor's Preparedness initiative to train 20,000 New Yorkers by March, 2015. See photos.

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