A Flood Warning has been issued for parts of Chautauqua County, and a Flood Watch remains in effect for much of the rest of Western New York. Staff and volunteers from the American Red Cross are in contact with emergency officials across the region and are ready to respond to community needs.
Residents are urged to put together an emergency preparedness kit in case of evacuation, including:
· At least a 3-day supply of water and non-perishable food
· First Aid kit
· Personal hygiene items
· Copies of personal documents
· Cell phone and chargers
· Family and emergency contact information
If a flood warning is issued, residents should head for higher ground and stay there. Stay away from flood waters; six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep a person off their feet. Do not drive on flooded roads; most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. Download the free Red Cross Flood App from iTunes or Google Play for safety tips and real time weather warnings. Additional flood safety and emergency preparedness information is available at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood.
HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN: Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers have responded to seven separate fires across Western New York since Sunday, March 15, providing for the immediate emergency needs of 29 people. Red Cross assistance typically includes funding for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed. Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help the survivors deal with the emotional aspect of their disaster, and affected families will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.
Volunteers responded to fires at the following dates and locations:
· Sunday, March 15-Ashley Street, Buffalo: Two adults
Volunteers Diane Sargent and Betsy Crocker
· Sunday, March 15-A Street, Niagara Falls: One adult, two children
Volunteer Mike Hoplight
· Sunday, March 15-Forestville: Three adults, two children
Volunteers David and Sandy Brown
· Sunday, March 15-Allentown: Three adults
Volunteers Darci and Jerome Ladabouche
· Monday, March 16-Allegany: Family of three
Volunteers Stu Moore and Cindy Kozlowski
· Monday, March 15-Stevenson Street, Niagara Falls: three adults, four children
Volunteers Dennis Scott and Diane Sargent
· Monday, March 15-9th Street, Niagara Falls: two adults, two children
Volunteers Dennis Scott and Diane Sargent
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. To schedule an installation, please contact PearlieMae Hargro at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-878-2356.
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.
CITIZEN PREPAREDNESS CORPS: In partnership with New York State, the Red Cross is offering free Citizen Preparedness Corps Training. At each approximately one-hour session, a trained Red Cross representative will provide a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters, including home fires and flooding. Anyone attending an in-person session between now and the end of March will be entered into a drawing to win a free generator. To schedule a free training at your school, business or organization, please contact David Dodge at email@example.com or 585-343-6098. A 15-minute online version of Citizen Preparedness Corp program is also available at http://prepare.ny.gov/online-citizen-preparedness-training (select Red Cross from the referral dropdown menu).