Red Cross Assist at Westford, VT Fire

If at all possible, Red Cross volunteers strive to meet with disaster victims immediately, knowing that recovery begins the moment disaster strikes.

With multiple fire departments contending with a house fire at 905 Route 128 in Westford, VT, American Red Cross volunteers with the Chittenden County Disaster Action Team have responded. The volunteers will meet with the impacted family and lend support to the first responders.

Traditionally, temporary lodging and financial support to replace food and clothing lost in the blaze are offered to families and individuals displaced from their homes by fire. Additionally, referrals are made to state, local and charitable resources in the area that will help the family further along their difficult road to recovery. With regard to the fire departments and other first responders on scene, food and beverage are offered and serve as rehabilitative support.

March is American Red Cross Month and a time to honor the work of everyday heroes like the two volunteers who have headed out to Westford to provide comfort, support and relief in the wake of this disaster. The Red Cross works very hard to ensure that all of our volunteers have the training, supplies and financial resources needed to support the people of our region. Equally important are our efforts to continually recruit new volunteers to support our existing corps. Anyone interested in learning more about the Red Cross volunteer experience is urged to go to www.redcross.org or to call locally at 802-660-9130.

To help people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, a donation can be made 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/vt, call 802-660-9130, text REDCROSS to 90999, ext. 111, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.