The American Red Cross has responded to five separate fires in Erie County since Thursday, June 26. Volunteers from the Disaster Action Team (DAT) provided immediate emergency assistance to 19 people affected by these incidents.
Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing. The affected families then meet with caseworkers in the days following their respective disasters to work out a longer-term recovery plan. Specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers are also available to help families deal with the emotional trauma caused by their disaster.
Since Thursday, June 26, 2014, DAT members have responded to the scene of the following incidents in Erie County:
The first of these incidents included the 20th fire-related death in the 17-county Western New York/Finger Lakes Region in 2014. The American Red Cross urges everyone to ensure they have working smoke detectors in their home, plan and practice fire escape routes and put together an emergency preparedness kit. Additional fire safety tips are available at www.redcross.org. To schedule a free emergency preparedness class at a school, business or other organization, please call (716) 878-2238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Red Cross in Western New York spends an average of just over $1,000 when responding to a single house fire affecting a family of four. To make a financial donation to help families such as these affected by house fires and other, please visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to your cell phone bill.