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Red Cross Responds to Weekend Fires in Greece, Mount Morris

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross responded to two separate fires in Livingston and Monroe Counties since Saturday, providing immediate emergency assistance for eight 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 times and locations:

·         Saturday: Lyncourt Place, Greece (Monroe County)
Seven people assisted

·         Sunday: North Main Street, Mount Morris (Livingston County)
One person assisted

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).

Red Cross Training More Volunteers to Respond to Hurricane Matthew

More than two weeks after Hurricane Matthew began its path of destruction, the American Red Cross has served more than a million meals and snacks, and provided 97,000 overnight shelter stays to people in need. 42 volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region have deployed to help in the relief efforts. On Saturday, the Greater Rochester hosted a training to prepare additional volunteers to respond to Hurricane Matthew and other disasters at home and across the country. 14 people attended the training. For more information on how to help your community by becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer.

RED CROSS RESPONSE Preliminary reports indicate more than 12,000 homes across four states have been affected. The Red Cross has deployed more than three-fourths of its emergency vehicle fleet, along with 5,500 disaster workers to provide relief. Working alongside dozens of partners, this help includes:

·         Opened 378 Red Cross and community shelters with more than 97,000 overnight stays in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Today, nearly 1,000 people remain in shelters in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

·         Served more than 1.1 million meals and snacks with the help of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and deployed 25 mobile kitchens.

·         Distributed more than 238,000 relief items, including hygiene and cleaning supplies.

·         Provided almost 23,000 health services, such as replacing lost medications and eyeglasses and emotional support contacts.

 

MAKE A DONATION The massive Red Cross relief effort in response to Hurricane Matthew in the U.S. could cost between $24 – $28 million as volunteers continue to help in the weeks ahead while residents recover from the devastation – yet, the Red Cross has raised only $8.1 million in designated donations and pledges for the response to Matthew thus far.

The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.