Volunteers from the American Red Cross responded to four separate weekend fires across Western New York, providing immediate emergency assistance for up to nine 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 Jeanie Shiffer and Madeline Morganti helped one adult and one child after a fire in Randolph, Cattaraugus County Saturday afternoon.
· Shiffer and Chris Tracey provided food and clothing for a family of three after a Saturday evening fire in Clymer, Chautauqua County
· Volunteers Tammy Gardiner and Patricia Coate provided food and clothing for a family of four after a fire in Steamburg, Cattaraugus County Saturday night.
· DAT members Nicole Roma and Rachelle Uschold were called to a fire on West Overlook Drive in Clarence, Erie County Sunday night, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 on redcross.org and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.