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Red Cross Responds to Fires in Canandaigua, Rochester in past 24 Hours

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Volunteers from the American Red Cross have responded to two separate fires in Monroe and Ontario Counties since Monday afternoon, providing immediate emergency assistance for one person and information for residents at the second location. Red Cross assistance typically included funding for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help those affected deal with the emotional aspect of their disaster. Affected families will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a long-term recovery plan. 

Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers responded to fires at the following times and locations:

·         Saltonstall Street, Canandaigua (Monday afternoon)
One person assisted

·         Haywood Street, Rochester (Tuesday morning)
Residents not home; volunteers left information and will help as needed

Red Cross Recruiting More Volunteers to Respond to Hurricane Matthew

The American Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Matthew in five southeastern states, where nearly 7,000 people woke up Monday morning in 156 Red Cross and community emergency shelters. More than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers are supporting relief efforts, and more will be needed as the massive response continues over the days and weeks ahead.

Already, more than 30 Red Cross volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region have been deployed to help respond to Hurricane Matthew. In an effort to provide further support from this region, the Red Cross will hold a one-day workshop on Saturday, October 22, to train prospective disaster volunteers for deployment. The training will focus specifically on shelter operations. Volunteers must be willing and able to deploy for a minimum of 10 days beginning Monday, October 24. The Red Cross will cover all training and travel costs for individuals who are deployed.

The training workshop will be held from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 22 at the American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter, located at 50 Prince Street in Rochester. Lunch, coffee and water will be provided. Interested participants may begin the application process online, and contact Bill Platt at 585-241-4478 or William.platt@redcross.org to register for the training or for additional information.

The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.