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Red Cross Responds to Three Monroe County fires in 24 Hours

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Volunteers from the American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter responded to three separate weekend fires in Monroe County in the past 24 hours, providing immediate emergency assistance for eight 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 Jerry Miller, Jim Robinson and Kathleen Frederico provided food and clothing for four people after a fire on Peregrine Way in Webster Sunday. Health Services and Mental Health Services have also been offered to the family, and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

·         Volunteers Greg Langen and Laura Harder provided temporary housing, food and clothing for a family of four after a fire on Ravenwood Terrace in Rochester on Monday morning.

·         Also Monday, DAT members Mike Stewart, Joe Camiolo and Amin Choukairi were called to a fire on Rockwell Drive in Hilton, but the affected family declined Red Cross assistance at the scene.

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 Preparedness 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, please contact Individual and Community Preparedness Specialist Veronica Chiesi Brown at 585-241-4405 or veronica.chiesibrown@redcross.org.

To support home fire survivors across the country, the American Red Cross has launched a new social media campaign called #GiveWhatFireTakes. Donors nationwide have the opportunity to support Red Cross relief efforts. For every amount raised, the Red Cross is able to provide not only recovery items for home fire survivors, but also critical fire safety training and smoke alarm installations to help prevent deaths and injuries. Visit our Crowdwise campaign page, make a direct donation on redcross.org and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.