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Red Cross Responds to Six Weekend Fires in Western New York

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross have responded to six separate fires across Western New York since Friday, October 21, providing immediate emergency assistance for 22 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:

·         Friday, 10/21: Lawrence Place, Buffalo (Erie County)
Four people assisted

·         Saturday, 10/22: Low Street, Little Genesee (Allegany County)
Three people assisted

·         Sunday, 10/23: Route 39, Arcade (Wyoming County)
One person assisted

·         Sunday, 10/23: Locust Street, Lockport (Niagara County)
Five people assisted

·         Monday, 10/24: Kiantone Road, Jamestown (Chautauqua County)
Three people assisted

·         Monday, 10/24: Dewitt Street, Buffalo (Erie County)
Six people assisted

Volunteers Installing Free Smoke Alarms Tuesday

Volunteers from the American Red Cross will be installing approximately 90 free smoke alarms in Western New York homes Tuesday, October 25, as part of the ongoing Home Fire Campaign to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries across the country by 25% over five years. In partnership with the Amanda Hansen Foundation, a CO alarm will also be installed in each of the approximately 30 homes that have appointments set for Tuesday.

Red Cross volunteers will be visiting homes in teams of two-three throughout the day to install the alarms for families that have requested them. Volunteers will also provide important fire safety information and encourage families to create and practice escape plans. Any media interested in joining an installation team is asked to call Chief Communications Officer Jay Bonafede at 716-435-7468 to make arrangements.

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. Between July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016, volunteers installed 1,758 smoke alarms in the eight counties of Western New York. For more information or to schedule an installation appointment, visit http://www.redcross.org/local/new-york/western-central-new-york/homefires 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.