The American Red Cross has responded to twelve separate fires across the 17-county Western New York/Finger Lakes Region since Thursday, September 18. Volunteers from the Disaster Action Team (DAT) provided immediate emergency assistance to more than 50 people affected by these incidents.
Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and/or clothing. The affected families then meet with caseworkers in the days following their respective disasters to work out a longer-term recovery plan, including referrals to other agencies as needed. Specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers are also available to help families deal with the emotional trauma caused by their disaster.
Since Thursday, September 18, 2014, DAT members have also responded to the scene of the following incidents across the 17-county Western New York/Finger Lakes Region:
· Thursday, September 18: Warsaw Street, Lackawanna (nine people assisted)
· Friday, September 19: Salamanca (two people assisted)
· Friday, September 19: Phipps Road, Albion (eight people assisted)
· Saturday, September 20: Middleport (three person assisted)
· Saturday, September 20: Johnson Road, Royalton (three people assisted)
· Saturday, September 20: Lovering Avenue, Buffalo (five people assisted)
· Saturday, September 20: Glenwood Avenue, Rochester (nine people assisted)
· Saturday, September 20: Avenue E, Rochester (three people assisted)
· Saturday, September 20: Beach Terrace, Irondequoit (two people assisted)
· Saturday, September 20: Howard Road, Gates (two people assisted)
· Sunday, September 21: Minnesota Avenue, Buffalo (four people assisted)
Volunteers responded to the scene of a fire on Kortwright Road in the Town of Busti on Thursday, September 18, where they provided referrals and emotional support to families dealing with a terrible loss. Our thoughts are with all affected by this tragedy.
The American Red Cross urges everyone to ensure they have working smoke detectors in their home, plan and practice fire escape routes and put together an emergency preparedness kit. Additional fire safety tips are available at www.redcross.org. To schedule a free NYS Citizen Preparedness Corps disaster preparedness class at a school, business or other organization, please call (716) 878-2238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Red Cross in Western New York 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 families such as these affected by house fires and other disasters, please visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to your cell phone bill.