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Red Cross Helping 50 WYNers After Fires in 1st Two Days of 2016

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross have responded to four separate fires in Western New York over the past 24 hours, providing immediate emergency assistance for 50 people from 36 families. 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.

Members of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) have responded to incidents at the following locations in Western New York since New Year’s Day:

·         Friday, 1/1: Niagara Street, Niagara Falls (32 families assisted)

·         Saturday, 1/2: 7th Street, North Tonawanda (two families assisted)

·         Saturday, 1/2: South Park Avenue, Buffalo (one family, six people assisted)

·         Saturday, 1/2: Route 354, Bennington, Wyoming County (one family, two people assisted)

The American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter, would like to thank the following volunteers for supporting these responses during the holiday weekend: Jason Carmen, Betsy Crocker, Marieanna Elliott, Mike Johnson, Norm and Carol Kehl, Mike Koscielny, Chuck Marra, Bill Miles, Diane Sargent, Dennis Scott, Eric Sharpe, Paul Tatu and Amanda Vallone. For more information about opportunities to help your community as a Red Cross volunteer, please visit

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.

The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. 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.