Volunteers from the American Red Cross have responded to seven separate fires in Rochester in the past four days, offering immediate emergency assistance to 28 people. Red Cross assistance typically includes funding for temporary housing, food and clothing. Specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers will be available to help those affected deal with the emotional aspect of their disaster, and the families will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.
Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers responded to the scene of incidents at the following dates and locations in Rochester:
· Tuesday 5/26: Northwood Drive
Two people declined services
· Tuesday 5/26: North Greece Road
Two people assisted
· Wednesday 5/27: Ridgemont Drive
One person assisted
· Thursday 5/28: Minder Street
Six people assisted
· Thursday 5/28: Beaman Road East
Two people declined assistance
· Thursday 5/28: Harold Street
Ten people assisted
· Friday 5/29: Santee Street
Five people assisted
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. To schedule an installation, please call 585-241-4390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nearly every second of every day, the Red Cross delivers help and hope after home fires and other disasters. We couldn’t be there without the generous support of the American public. On June 2, join the American Red Cross for our inaugural Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising campaign to support those in need in communities across the country. Together, let’s go “all in” and make one day count. Schedule your donation today for Giving Day at redcross.org/givingday. You can also help build awareness by using the hashtag #allin1day on Twitter and Facebook.