The American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter has responded to the scene of four separate fires in the past 24 hours, providing immediate emergency assistance for 15 people. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for housing, food, and clothing, and Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to provide emotional support. In the coming days, those affected by these disasters will meet with caseworkers to work on a long-term recovery plan.
Volunteers Suzanne Falise and Alison Liedkie were called to help two people after a fire in Kent, Orleans County at approximately 2:30pm Friday. At approximately 9:30pm, Nicole Roma and Jay Bonafede responded to the scene of a fire on Woodlawn Avenue in Buffalo to help three people. Volunteers Dennis Scott and Betsy Crocker assisted four people after fire on Wilson Street in Buffalo at 1:30am. About an hour later, Julie Rapp and Nicole Roma responded to a fire on Peters Corners Road in Alden to help six people.
All responders are volunteers with the Disaster Action Team. Anyone interested in helping their community by volunteering with the Red Cross can learn more about available opportunities at www.redcross.org.
The American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter provides an average of just over $1,000 in direct financial assistance when responding to a single family house fire affecting a family of four. Anyone wishing to help people affected by fires, flooding or other disasters is asked to consider donating to the Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, visiting www.redcross.org, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to their cell phone bill.