The American Red Cross is responding to flooding that occurred over the weekend in Wyoming County. New York State Police provided transportation for seven people who were displaced by the flood waters. Red Cross volunteers provided housing for one person, and caseworkers will follow up with all those affected to assess any ongoing needs. The Red Cross remains in contact with emergency officials in Wyoming County and across Western New York and is ready to launch an additional response if necessary.
Also, Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers responded to the scene of two separate incidents in Rochester and Buffalo early Sunday morning. Volunteers provided immediate emergency assistance for two adults after a partial roof collapse on Lexington Avenue in Rochester, and did the same for two people after a fire on Fordham Drive in Buffalo. Red Cross assistance typically includes funding for temporary housing, food and clothing. Specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers will be available to help those affected deal with the emotional aspect of their disaster, and the families will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.
The American Red Cross has launched an initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over the next 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. To schedule an installation in Livingston, Monroe or Ontario Counties, please call 585-241-4390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In Allegany Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans or Wyoming Counties, call 716-878-2356 or email email@example.com.
Nearly every second of every day, the Red Cross delivers help and hope after flooding, home fires and other disasters. We couldn’t be there without the generous support of the American public. On June 2, join the American Red Cross for our inaugural Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising campaign to support those in need in communities across the country. Together, let’s go “all in” and make one day count. Schedule your donation today for Giving Day at redcross.org/givingday. You can also help build awareness by using the hashtag #allin1day on Twitter and Facebook.