Between March 12 and March 23, the Red Cross carried out the below activities in response to the explosion and building collapse in East Harlem, New York City.
- The Red Cross Emergency Operations Center was in operation and fully staffed 24/7 from the time of the collapse on March 12 through Sunday, March 23.
- More than 338 adults and children were comforted and assisted by Red Cross caseworkers at NYC resident service centers.
- Over 100 volunteers from across the Greater NY Region responded to the call to help those affected.
- Over 20,000 meals, snacks and beverages have been served to residents and first responders.
- Between March 12 and March 14, more than 70 residents overnighted at the Red Cross operated shelter at the Salvation Army facility (for a total of 121 shelter stays; i.e., some of those 70 residents stayed more than one night).
- Dozens of children received solace and safe haven at the Red Cross shelter, with a little extra help from the Good Dog Foundation therapy dogs in conjunction with the ASPCA.
- Nearly 500 blankets and personal hygiene comfort kits have been distributed. Comfort kits contain toiletries including soap, toothbrushes, face clothes, toothpaste, deodorant and additional items.
- Red Cross Client Assistance staff has connected with more than 20 families in need of mental health and/or physical health support.