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Red Cross Responds to Eight Western New York Fires Since Thursday

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Volunteers from the American Red Cross have responded to eight separate fires in Allegany, Chautauqua, Erie and Orleans Counties since Thursday, June 9, providing immediate emergency assistance for 38 people. 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.

Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers responded to fires at the following dates and locations: 

·        Thursday, June 9
South Avenue, Medina
One person assisted
Volunteers: Jim McMoil, Fred Pask, Don Snyder

·        Thursday, June 9
Collaton Street, Buffalo
Seven people assisted

Volunteers: Michelle Kavanaugh and Dennis Scott 

·        Saturday, June 11
Carefree Drive, Cheektowaga
Six people assisted
Volunteers: DeMar McClain, Diane Sargent
 

·        Saturday, June 11
Stevens Avenue, Buffalo
Six people assisted

Volunteers: Betsy Crocker, Hasheen Deberry

·        Sunday, June 12
Oxford Avenue, Buffalo
Seven people assisted
Volunteers: Julianne Hergenroder, Dennis Scott

·        Sunday, June 12
East 2nd Street, Dunkirk
Five people assisted
Volunteers: Jason Carmen, Nicole Roma

·        Sunday, June 12
Riverside Drive, Wellsville

Two adults assisted
Volunteers: Darci and Jerome Ladabouche

·        Sunday, June 12
Nadine Drive, Buffalo
Four adults assisted
Volunteers: Sharon Daut and Loraine Hawthorn

The American Red Cross has launched an initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over five years. 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, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke detectors in homes that need them. For more information or to schedule an installation appointment, email smokealarms.wny@redcross.org or call 716-878-2353.

You can help people affected by disasters like 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.