American Red Cross volunteers are currently in the process of closing the Lockport Fire shelter at North Park Junior High School. The shelter has been open since Wednesday evening to provide water, food and comfort to those forced to evacuate. There were no residents at the shelter overnight.
On Friday, volunteers will be bringing Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) directly to the impacted community to distribute water, snacks, support and emergency preparedness information. Anyone in need of additional Red Cross assistance is asked to call 716-886-7500.
The Red Cross would like to thank all of the volunteers and partners who made shelter operations possible, including: North Park Junior High School, The Salvation Army, Tops Markets, WalMart, Wegmans and the Lockport community.
As residents return to their homes, the Red Cross urges to test their smoke alarms, as they may have been triggered by this incident. The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. As part of the Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over five years, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them. For more information or to schedule an installation appointment, visit http://www.redcross.org/local/new-york/western-central-new-york/homefires or call 716-878-2353. The Home Fire Campaign is generously supported in Western New York by National Fire Adjustment Company, Inc. (NFA).
Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers are also responding to a fire on West Avenue in Medina Friday morning. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help with the emotional aspect of disaster. Those affected will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.
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.