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Five Shelton Residents Getting Help After Wednesday Fire

Our caseworkers talk one-on-one with displaced families after a fire.

SHELTON, CONN., January 22, 2014 – The American Red Cross is helping five people – three adults and two children in two families – after a fire this afternoon on Howe Avenue in Shelton. The displaced families were able to make temporary housing arrangements. Red Cross volunteers John Glendon, Peter Fusco and Jennifer Atkins met with the families and provided Red Cross comfort kits and information about recovering from a fire.

Comfort kits contain personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a person might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire.  Recovery information packets contain information about dealing with many of the tasks after a fire including working with your insurer, cleaning your posessions, helping to assess issues caused by relocations and much more. “Recovery packets give families a number of resources in planning their recovery and are provided to all families after a disaster,” said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “Our caseworkers talk one-on-one with displaced families after a fire and are available for follow-up, but the recovery packet can help answer questions that may come later.”

The Red Cross volunteers met with the families at nearby Echo Firehouse, the same location used in the wake of a fire on Howe Avenue January 6 that displaced several families. “We are grateful to the Town of Shelton for their partnership in helping families affected by disaster,” Shipman said. “

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.