During January, the NEPA Region of the Red Cross assisted 57 families, 176 people, who were displaced from their homes due to 50 separate disasters, primarily home fires. The American Red Cross was there to assist the families with food, shelter, clothing, medications and comfort kits as well as stuffed animals and coloring books for children. Red Cross volunteers always follow-up with families to assist them on the road to recovery. Locally, the Red Cross also provided canteen services, offering food and drink and a place for respite, for emergency personnel during 4 emergency responses since January 1.
This is the second month in a row of high response. During December, the Red Cross responded to 28 disasters, caring for 38 families. The cold winter months often see high numbers of home fires and the Red Cross urges residents to take measures to protect their families from fire.
• Learn how to install and maintain smoke alarms to help protect your loved ones.
• When a smoke alarm goes off, will your family know how to escape? Plan and practice fire escape routes – ideally, two exits from every room.
• Additional fire safety tips may be found at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/prevent-home-fires.
You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS, (1-800-733-2767). Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross, Northeast Pennsylvania Region, 2200 Avenue A, Bethlehem, PA 18017, or any one of the local Red Cross chapters.
Northeast PA Region Red Cross chapters and contact information:
Office: (610) 375-4383, ext. 121
Cell: (570) 789-3659
Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties
Office: (570) 207-0111
Cell: (570) 290-0797
Danville Area, Bloomsburg, Greater Berwick
Office: (570) 784-1395
Cell: (570) 594-3217
Poconos, Wayne Pike
Office: (570) 476-3800
Cell: (570) 234-9444
Sherry N. Williams
Wyoming Valley, Hazleton
Office: (570) 823-7161, ext. 325
Cell: (570) 417-5608
Interim Regional CEO
Greater Lehigh Valley
Office: (610) 865-4400, ext. 236
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.