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From the NY Post:

Fire ripped through two wood-frame buildings in The Bronx yesterday, leaving several families without a home – including a woman who had gone to Washington to attend the inauguration of President Obama.

Daniel Festa, of the Red Cross disaster-response team, said the agency was taking six families to hotels last night.

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From Newsday.com:

The district manager for a women’s clothing company was in seat 13A. She escaped to a wing, losing her shoes, then called her husband.

“I said, ‘Oh, my God, I’m in the river,'” she said, standing in the US Airways terminal at LaGuardia last night in socks, pajama bottoms – her jeans were soaked – and wrapped in a Red Cross blanket.

Passenger Bill Elkin spoke about his ordeal as he walked into the Crowne Plaza hotel near LaGuardia, a Red Cross blanket draped around his shoulders.

“I was thinking: This can’t be it. This can’t be the end. It’s just like, if you’ve ever been in a car wreck, it seemed to take so long, but it happened really fast.

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From Disaster News Network:

Maryann Darlak of the American Red Cross in Greater New York said her organization sent out 700 blankets to make sure those rescued from the crash were able to get a little warmth in the immediate aftermath of the rescue from the 41 degree water. With the air temperature at about 20 degrees, the damp crash victims had to be kept as warm as possible.

“Of course, that’s only the first step,” she said. “We’re now working with the New York City Police and Fire departments, the OEM (Office of Emergency Management) and the Coast Guard who are right there on the scene to see what needs to be done next.”

She said other relief organizations are waiting for the Red Cross to put out the word and that they will move in where they are most needed.

Judy Bezon, assistant director for Children’s Disaster Services of Brethren Disaster Ministries, said her response teams are ready to go at a moment’s notice.  If the Brethren Disaster team gets a call from the Red Cross in New York City, she said, they are already packed and ready to go.

“We are ready to head out as soon as the Red Cross puts out the call,” she said. “We are monitoring the situation through the Red Cross and the media. We are aware of the situation and ready to go.”

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The morning after U.S. Airways flight 1549 made a dramatic emergency landing in the icy Hudson River on one of the coldest days of the year, relief workers from the American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY) continue to assist passengers who safely evacuated the plane and first responders investigating the accident.

ARC/GNY mental health counselors are at the U.S. Airways Family Assistance Center at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel in Queens to offer emotional support to passengers who remain there as the airline arranges transportation to their destinations. 

An ARC/GNY Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) has been stationed at Warren and Terrace Streets at Battery Park since yesterday to aid emergency city and federal responders who continue to investigate the downed plane. This morning Chapter personnel staffing the ERV served hot beverages and 75 breakfasts to responders working in sub-zero wind chills. Lunch is scheduled to be served at noon.

Since the accident, the Greater New York Chapter has:

  • Activated its Emergency Operations Center, with around-the-clock staffing and placed 129 volunteers on standby alert.
  • Sent 700 blankets to the NY Piers for cold, wet passengers and crew members who evacuated in frigid temperatures.
  • Deployed more than 100 volunteers and employees to the NY Piers, the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel and Battery Park to aid passengers and first responders.
  • Distributed more than 500 pairs of socks to evacuated passengers, along with sweat suits and replacement clothing provided by the New York City Clothing Bank.
  • Provided counseling to passengers as they were bussed last night from the New York Piers to the U.S. Airways Family Assistance Center at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, as well as at the hotel itself. As of this writing, more than 122 mental health contacts have been made by the Chapter’s Disaster Mental Health Services workers.
  • Utilized 8 Chapter vehicles.
  • Served more than 1,650 meals and snacks to passengers and first responders.

In addition to ARC/GNY’s response to the aviation accident, the Chapter has continued to provide assistance at emergencies in Greater New York. Between 4 p.m. yesterday and 9 a.m. today, the Chapter responded to 10 residential fires and 1 building vacate.

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Source: NBC New York

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From myfoxny.com:

Gov. Paterson called it a potential tragedy that became a “miracle on the Hudson.” the governor also echoed Bloomberg’s sentiments and praised the coordination of rescue efforts. The governor said the Red Cross was at the scene and gave survivors blankets before they were taken to hospitals.

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