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Red Cross Responds to Fires in North Tonawanda, South Buffalo

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross have responded to two separate fires in North Tonawanda and South Buffalo Wednesday afternoon, providing immediate emergency assistance for 13 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 locations:

 ·        Oliver Street, North Tonawanda
         Five people assisted
         Volunteers: Jay Bonafede, Shirley Carnall, Bill Miles, Fred Pask

·        Dash Street, Buffalo
       Eight people assisted
       Volunteers: Vini Jacobs, Frank Tarranova

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. The Home Fire Campaign is generously supported in Western New York by National Fire Adjustment Company, Inc. (NFA).

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-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.