Where to Get Help if You or Someone You Love Was In the Harlem Explosion

By Aidan Gardiner on March 13, 2014 2:53pm 

 First responders swarmed 1646 Park Ave. near East 116th Street after an explosion there about 9:30 a.m. March 12, 2014.
First responders swarmed 1646 Park Ave. near East 116th Street after an explosion there about 9:30 a.m. March 12, 2014.
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MANHATTAN — The city and a host of relief agencies have scrambled to provide assistance and information to those affected by the East Harlem blast that leveled two buildings and provide information to loved ones looking for the missing and the dead.

From a 311 line devoted to people searching for information about their loved ones who are missing or feared dead to a shelter that is taking in those displaced by the evacuations, DNAinfo has compiled a list of up-to-date information about where to get help:

INFORMATION:

► Friends and relatives looking for information about missing people can call 311 and ask for the "Unified Victim Identification System" or dial (212) 639-9675, officials said. (No one will be asked about their immigration status during the call or subsequent updates, officials said)

► Neighbors were advised to stay indoors and avoid the smoky air. Those concerned about air quality can get safety tips from the Department of Health's Twitter feed and check the website.

SHELTER:

► Those who were affected by the explosion can visit the Salvation Army at 175 W. 125th St., near Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, for information and services. The center will stay open until 9 p.m. Thursday and reopen Friday at 8 a.m., according to the Office of Emergency Management.

► The Salvation Army is also housing a shelter where displaced residents can stay temporarily. Residents can register there for longer-term emergency housing in the area, the Red Cross said.

SUPPLIES:

► Those looking for care and supplies can also find it at the Salvation Army at 175 W. 125th St., officials said.

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