Since February 1, the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross has responded to six multi-family fires and four single family fires, involving 28 individuals and providing $5,336 in financial assistance.
Several fires have occurred this week. Monday there was a multi-family fire in Johnson City and a single family fire in Lockwood. The Red Cross assisted nine individuals. On Wednesday, volunteers responded to a multi-family fire in Binghamton, assisting seven individuals. Today, volunteers are responding to a multi-family fire in Owego.
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 inthe coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.
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 toschedule an installation appointment, call 607-785-7207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.