Through July 31, 2006 in Manhattan, the chapter:
- Responded to 240 fires and other emergencies
- Assisted 1,300 adults and children with food, shelter and/or counseling following a disaster
Notable Activities in 2006:
On Wednesday May 24, four Red Cross staff members and volunteers were on the scene of a fire at an apartment building at 176 West 81st Street. Thirteen families (37 adults and 4 children) were provided with blankets, comfort kits, heater meals, bottled water and snacks. Temporary housing was provided for two families.
On Wednesday May 31, Red Cross responded to a two-alarm fire at a five-story building at 16 West 125th Street. Eight families (20 adults and 15 children) were cared for and given metro cards and comfort kits. The Chapter provided emergency housing for three families.
On Wednesday, April 26, four Red Cross staff members and volunteers were on the site of a two-alarm fire at an apartment building at 103 E. 102nd Street. They assisted 10 families (22 adults and 16 children) with food and water, and provided seven families (18 adults and 12 children) with emergency housing.
On Tuesday, April 18, shortly after 5pm, the Roosevelt Avenue Tram broke down, stranding almost 70 people for up to 12 hours in two trams cars hundreds of feet above the East River. Following a dramatic rescue, six Red Cross volunteers and staff members provided assistance at the scene, providing 30 blankets for passengers and hot chocolate and bottled water for passengers and first responders.
On Sunday, February 19, Red Cross was on the scene at a 2-alarm fire that occurred at 4:15 pm at 345/347 West 16th Street, providing food, water, comfort and caring to 26 families (adults and 7 children), and providing 12 families of 30 adults and 2 children with temporary housing.
On Jan 22 at 4:24 pm, a synagogue at 89 Rivington Street suffered a partial collapse. Four Red Cross staff members were quickly on the scene. Because of potential damage, six adjacent buildings (three residential and three commercial) were evacuated. Red Cross housed 11 adults and 5 children in hotels.
In 2005 in Manhattan, the chapter:
- Responded to 486 fires, building collapses, blackouts, floods and other emergencies
- Assisted 1,985 adults and children with food, shelter and/or counseling following a disaster