Through July 31, 2006 in Brooklyn, the chapter:
- Responded to 551 fires and other emergencies
- Assisted 3,120 adults and children with food, shelter and/or counseling following a disaster
Notable Activities in 2006:
On Tuesday May 2nd, through Friday, May 5th, the Chapter responded to a 10-alarm blaze that raced through a network of abandoned warehouses on the Greenpoint waterfront. Red Cross offered round-the-clock support for the New York City Fire Department and other emergency personnel and, during the early stages of the fire, initiated plans to provide services for area residents if any were affected. (None were.) During the operation, more than 20 Red Cross staff members and volunteers utilized three Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) and other logistic support, and served 300 breakfasts, 850 lunches and 1,150 dinners, along with more than 1,600 beverages. At least one ERV remained in the community from early Tuesday morning through end of day Friday.
On Saturday, April 22, 20 Red Cross volunteers and staff members rushed to the scene of a devastating five-alarm fire at 1245 Eastern Parkway that broke out at 2:46 am and affected 83 apartments. Greater New York Chapter responders assisted 167 adults and 47 children with food, water, blankets and clothing (sweat suits, socks and shoes), and provided emergency housing for 80 adults and 23 children.
On Tuesday, March 28th a 3-alarm fire ripped through a four-story apartment building in Crown Heights. Four firefighters and one resident suffered minor injuries. Red Cross responders assisted 31 families (54 adults and 13 children).
In 2005 in Brooklyn, the chapter:
- Responded to 934 fires and other emergencies
- Assisted 4,695 adults and children with food, shelter and/or counseling following a disaster