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Red Cross Responds to Four WNY Disasters in 24 Hours

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross have responded to four separate fires or other disasters in Erie, Niagara and Orleans Counties since Thursday, July 14, providing immediate emergency assistance for 17 people. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help with the emotional aspect of disaster. Those affected will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.

Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers responded to fires or other disasters at the following dates and locations:

·        Thursday, July 14
State Street, Holley
One person assisted
Volunteers: Vincent Jacob, James McMoil, Bill Miles and Diane Sargent

·        Thursday, July 14
Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo
Three people assisted

Volunteers: Nicole Gerber and Dave Reilly 

·        Friday, July 15
Katie Drive, North Tonawanda
Five people assisted
Volunteers: Shirley Carnall and Diane Sargent

·        Friday, July 15
Rumbold Avenue, Tonawanda
Eight people assisted

Volunteers: Bill Miles, 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 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 Campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke detectors in homes that need them. For more information or to schedule an installation appointment, email or call 716-878-2353.

You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.