The American Red Cross is currently responding to overnight flooding in Cuba, Allegany County. Volunteers responded at approximately 3 a.m., ensuring all evacuated residents had safe shelter. Today, volunteers will be doing damage assessment as well as distributing clean-up kits-including mops, buckets, bleach and more-families in the impacted areas. The Red Cross remains in contact with emergency officials and is prepared to launch an additional response as needed.
In addition, Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers Sharon Gilray and Bill Miles responded to a fire on Dartmouth Avenue in Buffalo early Sunday morning, providing immediate emergency assistance for three adults and three children. Red Cross assistance typically includes funding for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help those affected deal with the emotional aspect of the disaster. Affected families will meet with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a long-term recovery plan.
Emergency App: The free Red Cross Emergency App provides people with instant access to emergency alerts and life-saving information. Available for smart phones and tablets, it includes content on what to do before, during and after a variety of severe weather events. Users can customize more than 35 emergency weather alerts based on their location and where loved ones live.
Other features include:
· “Make a Plan” helps families figure out what to do and where to go if a disaster strikes;
· Preloaded emergency preparedness content is available in English And Spanish and can be accessed without mobile connectivity;
· “Family Safe” allows people to notify loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency or disaster; and
· A real-time map with open Red Cross shelter locations and weather information.
The app is available in app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.
The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. You can help people affected by disasters like flooding, home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.