The American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties responded to three separate fires in the past 24 hours, providing immediate emergency assistance including temporary housing, food, clothing and emotional support to 21 people affected by these fires.
On Sunday, August 12, Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteer Hasheen DeBerry of Buffalo provided vouchers for food and clothing to a family of four that had been displaced by fire on Wasson Street in Lackawanna. Later Sunday, DeBerry and Metrice Jenkins of Buffalo were called to assist a family of seven following a fire on Pennsylvania Street in Buffalo, providing them with food and clothing. In addition, the Red Cross provided vouchers for temporary housing for a family of five living next door-including a special needs child-after their home suffered water damage while firefighters battled the blaze.
At approximately noon on Monday, August 13, DAT volunteer Diane Sargent of Lockport was called to assist two adults and three children following a minor fire on Lockport Street in Niagara Falls. Red Cross case workers will be meeting with all the displaced individuals throughout the coming days to determine their needs and will continue to assist them moving forward.
The Disaster Action Team is a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information on how to Join Us as a Disaster Action Team member, please call (716) 878-2140 or visit redcross.org/ny/buffalo.
The American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties spends an average of just over $1,000 when responding to a single house fire affecting a family of four. To make a financial donation to help those affected by house fires and other disasters down the street, across the country, or around the world, please visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation (charges will appear on your cell phone bill).