Monday, January 26, 2015

In Case You Missed It - Jan 26

Red Cross Volunteers and Local 273 Firefighters of New Rochelle Fire Dept. going door to door to inspect and install smoke alarms for the community.
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 133 adults and 39 children following 54 local disasters. Here are some highlights of responses and activities from last week:

Monday, January 19, 2015

In Case You Missed It - Jan 19

Red Cross Volunteer NataliaAlvarez-Plaud discusses fire safety with Alvaro Torres while Local 273 firefighters install smoke detectors in New Rochelle.

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 143 adults and 89 children following 66 local disasters. Here are some highlights of responses and activities from the last week:


Monday, January 12, 2015

In Case You Missed It - Jan 12

Firefighters respond to a Mount Kisco house fire on Spring Street. Photo Credit: Eric Hartmann
Over the last seven days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 157 adults and 46 children following 67 local disasters. Here are some highlights of our responses and other activities from the last week:

Friday, January 9, 2015

Preparing for and Responding to Home Fires

A Red Cross team assess the damage to a fire following
fire on Christmas Eve in Jackson Heights (credit: M. Kokic).
The article in yesterday's NY Times, “Learn, Baby, Learn” by Steven Kurutz, provides an important reminder of the lasting impact that home fires can have one people’s lives. Not only are fires one of the leading causes of death in America – 7 fatalities per day in the United States on average – but they also devastate a household’s emotional and financial stability.

The NYC-area sees more home fires than anywhere else in the nation, and these numbers spike when temperatures drop. At fire scenes every day and night, after heroic firefighters extinguish a blaze, our Red Cross volunteers provide assistance and comfort to our devastated fellow New Yorkers who have just experienced a shocking life event. All too often, these life-claiming, soul-crushing events are entirely preventable.

Amid the recent arctic weather, I want to reiterate the importance of being mindful of the risks of using space heaters, fireplaces, candles and even stoves when heating your homes. A functioning smoke alarm is also invaluable in keeping your household safe—60% of fire deaths occur in households without a working fire alarm.

While fires can occur in any neighborhood, the majority of them occur in the most vulnerable communities in and around our City. Every day and night, thousands of times per year, trained Red Cross volunteers are aiding stunned families who have just fled for their lives, and who can least afford a catastrophic life event.

At the Red Cross we’re proud of our volunteers for serving our neighbors in need. But we would rather our fellow New Yorkers take basic steps to prevent a horrific fire from ever occurring: install and test your smoke alarms regularly, and heat your home safely.  A few minutes of preparation could save you and your family years of heartache.

Sincerely,

Josh Lockwood
Regional CEO
American Red Cross in Greater New York


Monday, January 5, 2015

In Case You Missed It - Jan 5

American Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteer Esme Ingledew takes notes as others clean up after a fire at the Housing Authority of Greenwich's Wilbur Peck Court apartments in Greenwich, CT. Photo: Tyler Sizemore

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 112 adults and 45 children following 58 local disasters. Here are some highlights of responses and activities from the last week:

Last Week in Review


Monday, December 22, 2014

In Case You Missed It - Dec 22, 2014

Red Cross responds to a 5-Alarm fire in Ozone Park (Queens).

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 184 adults and 56 children following 55 local disasters. Here are some highlights of responses and activities from the last week.

Last Week in Review

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