Volunteers from the American Red Cross have responded to four separate fires since late Friday night in Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe and Wyoming Counties, providing immediate emergency assistance for 11 people. Red Cross assistance typically included funding for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help those affected deal with the emotional aspect of their disaster. Affected families will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a long-term recovery plan.
Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers responded to fires at the following locations since late Friday evening:
· Broad Street, Tonawanda (Erie County)
One person assisted
Volunteers: Sharon Daut and Bill Miles
· Park Avenue, Rochester (Monroe County)
13 cases opened, one person assisted
Volunteers: Carl and Laura Harder, Greg Langen, Jerry and Melissa Miller, Jim Robinson
· Maxon Street, Varysburg (Wyoming County)
Five people assisted
Volunteers: Carol and Norm Kehl
· Creek Road, Ellington (Chautauqua County)
Four people assisted
Volunteers: Scott Chase and Jeannie Shiffer
The American Red Cross has launched a campaign to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25% 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 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. The Home Fire Campaign is generously supported in the Western and Central New York Region 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.