PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 13, 2015 – The American Red Cross continues working to assist families displaced by a fire in Warwick on March 11.
To date, the Red Cross has provided financial assistance for emergency food and clothing needs to 45 people – 42 adults and three children – in 27 families, said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. Shipman said one of the families also received additional assistance for baby needs. “We met with families at the scene of the fire on Wednesday, as well as at a shelter and service center we established Wednesday and Thursday at the Christian Hill Community Church in West Warwick,” Shipman said. “We are reaching out to families today from our office in Providence to see how they are doing and continue to be available for all the residents affected by the fire.”
Shipman said the Red Cross was grateful to the 30 volunteers that provided help in the wake of the fire and to the people who have donated funds to support Red Cross disaster relief. “The funds donated to American Red Cross disaster relief help us to be ready when a neighbor is in need after a situation like this. And it’s the work of volunteers that allows us to make the most of those donated dollars, putting help where it’s needed most.” Shipman said information about ways to donate and a link to giving online is available at www.redcross.org/ri/donate.
Shipman added that Red Cross urges all families to be sure their homes have working smoke alarms and that they also make and practice a fire escape plan. “Fire experts agree that you may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. Having a smoke alarm can add precious time to your escape. And having an escape plan can help to reduce panic during a fire or other emergency.” Red Cross fire safety information is available at www.redcross.org/firesafety.
PREVENT 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.