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County Executive Deploys Resources to Aid in Recovery after Devastating Blaze

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2018 3:30 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced an effort to help local residents in the aftermath of two devastating fires that ignited in Albany early Sunday morning. The pair of blazes destroyed twelve buildings along Sheridan Avenue and Quail Street and displaced over 70 people.

Through the Mobile Crisis Team hotline at (518) 549-6500, Albany County can provide counseling all hours of the day as well as connect displaced individuals with housing and other social services in the area. Furthermore, the Albany County Department of Social Services is prepared for an influx of emergency applications to assist in obtaining clothing, food and shelter.

For those who do not speak fluent English, interpreting services are also available in most languages including Russian, Spanish, Arabic and French to ensure all residents have adequate access to the services they need.

“It is a miracle no lives were lost over the weekend as these fire tore through the homes of our residents and destroyed prized and valuable possessions,” said County Executive McCoy. “As families struggle to put their lives back together after this tragedy, I am committed to making that process as easy as possible, especially those still dealing from the trauma of what has occurred.”

For those in the region who are looking to contribute to the relief effort, the Red Cross relies on the generosity of local donors to help families prepare and recover from events like these. You can visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to donate to Disaster Relief. You can also help by volunteering to respond to home fires and other disasters in your community at redcross.org/volunteer.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy