The American Red Cross responded to a fire Sunday on Madison Avenue in Elmira, providing immediate emergency assistance to 10 adults and four children. A team of 10 Red Cross staff and volunteers was on site. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for food and clothing as needed. Temporary housing was also provided for several families and individuals. Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help with the emotional aspect of disaster, and those affected will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.
Any additional residents affected by this apartment fire, and in need of assistance, can call the American Red Cross, Finger Lakes Chapter at 607-936-3766
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-936-3766.
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 redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.