The American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties has responded to nine separate fires in Erie and Niagara Counties since Monday, January 6, providing immediate emergency assistance to over 50 people. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for a hotel stay, food, clothing as well as emotional support from trained Disaster Mental Health Volunteers. Clients then meet with caseworkers in the following days to work out a long-term recovery plan.
Volunteers from the Disaster Action Team (DAT) have been called to the following scenes to provide for the immediate emergency needs of the families affected by fires this week:
· Monday: West Delavan, Buffalo (four people)
· Tuesday: 26th Street, Niagara Falls (three people)
· Tuesday: Hunters Ridge Road, Orchard Park (11 people)
· Wednesday: Telegraph Road, Middleport (11 people)
· Thursday: Trailer home in Alden (five people)
· Thursday: Abbott Road, Buffalo (six people)
· Thursday: Potomac Avenue, Buffalo (three people)
· Thursday: Amherst Street, Buffalo (five people)
· Thursday: 25th Street, Niagara Falls (five people)
The American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties spends an average of just over $1,000 when responding to a disaster affecting a family of four. To support people affected by house fires and other disasters, please consider making a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund at www.redcross.org, by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation (charges will appear on your cell phone bill).
In addition, the American Red Cross has been working with emergency managers from across the 17 county Western New York and Finger Lakes Region throughout this week’s extreme weather conditions, and will continue to monitor potential flooding over the weekend and be prepared to respond to community needs as necessary. Flood safety tips are available at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood.