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Red Cross Responds to Seven WNY Fires over Holiday Weekend

Fire Safety

Volunteers from the American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter have responded to seven fires since Friday, September 4, providing immediate emergency assistance to 33 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. 

Members of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) responded to incidents at the following locations: 

·         Friday Sept 4th—Walden Avenue, Buffalo
One adult assisted
Volunteers: Diane Sargent and Dennis Scott

·         Saturday, Sept 5th—Weyand Avenue, Buffalo
Nine people (five adults, four children) assisted
Volunteers: Diane Sargent and Dennis Scott

·         Saturday, September 5th—Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls
Three people (one adult, two kids) assisted
Volunteers: Diane Sargent and Dennis Scott

·         Sunday, September 6th-- Rushford, Allegany County
Two adults assisted
Volunteers: Daniel Boyce, Darcy and Jerome Ladabouche

·         Monday, September 7th—Mariemont Avenue, Buffalo
Six people (four adults, two children) assisted
Volunteers: Mike Breier and Rachelle Uschold

·         Monday, September 7th—East Street, Buffalo

Two adults assisted
Volunteers: Mike Breier and Emma Fabian

·         Tuesday, September 8th—Hertel Avenue, Buffalo
Ten people (seven adults, three children) assisted
Volunteers: Emma Fabian and Dennis Scott


The American Red Cross has launched an initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over the next 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.

NYS CITIZEN PREPAREDNESS CORPS In partnership with New York State, the Red Cross is offering free Citizen Preparedness Corps training. The Citizen Preparedness Corps is a program developed by the Governor’s office to help provide the knowledge and tools to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural or man-made disasters. As part of National Preparedness Month, all class participants during September will be entered into a drawing to win one of four free Deluxe Emergency Preparedness Kits.

Citizen Preparedness Corps training is available online at (please select “Referral from the American Red Cross” from the dropdown menu), and in-person training sessions are open to the public at the Western New York Chapter, located 786 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, at the following dates times and locations in September (please contact or call 716-878-2236 to register):

·         Tuesday, 9/8 from 7pm-9pm

·         Wednesday, 9/16 from 7pm-9pm

·         Monday, 9/21 from Noon-2pm


After September, two free Deluxe Emergency Preparedness Kits will be available for all Citizen Preparedness Corps class participants from October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. In-person participants also have the opportunity to receive a

Blackout Buddy H2O Emergency Light or an American Red Cross Pocket First Aid Kit while supplies last. To schedule a free, in-person Citizen Preparedness Corps training presentation at a school, business or other organization, contact Individual and Community Preparedness Specialist James Segerson at 585-241-4405 or

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.