HARTFORD, CONN., April 17, 2015 – The American Red Cross is helping 67 people – 28 adults and 39 children in 18 families – after a fire Thursday on Main Street in Hartford.
The Red Cross is providing the families with a range of assistance for emergency needs in the wake of the fire.
The Red Cross provided help with emergency food, clothing and bedding items to 16 adults and 17 children in 10 families.
The Red Cross provided help with food, clothing, bedding and baby needs to seven adults and 13 children in four families.
Four adults and seven children in three families were provided help with emergency food and baby needs.
A family of one adult and two children was provided help with emergency food needs.
The City of Hartford is assisting the families with temporary housing needs, said Red Cross Senior Emergency Services Director Rebecca Johnson.
All the affected children were provided with stuffed animal toys.
The Red Cross will work with the Hartford Fire Department to meet Thursday with any additional residents that may have left the scene last night and need assistance, Johnson said.
Johnson said the fire is a reminder that all families should be prepared for emergencies such as home fires. “A home fire can strike at any time. Experts tell us you could have as little as two minutes to escape your home in a fire. We want everyone to make and practice a fire escape plan and we want everyone to be sure they have smoke alarms installed in their homes.” Johnson said the Red Cross is offering to meet with families in Connecticut to discuss fire safety plans and install free smoke alarms. “We want everyone to have the extra measures of safety that planning and preparedness can provide.” Johnson said families wishing to schedule visits should visit www.redcross.org/ct/schedule-a-visit to request a home visit to provide planning information and install smoke alarms.
Red Cross team members Jon Basso, Pat Jeram, Bob Jeram, Kelly Slate, Ed Wadowski, Pat Welch, Pat Calcinari, Rebecca Johnson and Ginny Brezza responded to assist the families.
The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. Also provided was an envelope of information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more.
PREVENT AND SURVIVE HOME FIRES:
The American Red Cross has launched a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years. There are two actions you can take to substantially reduce the risk of death or injury in a home fire.
Install smoke alarms: Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home inside bedrooms and sleeping areas.
Practice fire drills at home: Fire experts agree that you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. Use this Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet to plan your evacuation and practice it at least twice a year as a family.
Learn more about the Red Cross home fire prevention campaign.
Fire takes everything. It takes security. It takes safety, dignity and routine. Help the Red Cross give back what fire takes – the items that provide safety and comfort.