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Red Cross Responds to 3 Fires in Less Than 24 Hours

Red Cross responding to home fire
This year, the American Red Cross helped more people affected by home fires than all other disasters combined.

The American Red Cross has responded to three fires in the City of Rochester in the past 24 hours. Volunteers from the Disaster Action Team (DAT) provided immediate emergency assistance to ten people affected by these incidents.

Volunteers were first called to provide food and housing for two adults and two children after a fire on Green Knolls Drive just before noon on Monday. 12 hours later, the Disaster Action Team provided food and housing for one adult and one child on Dejonge Street. Volunteers also responded to the scene of a fire on MacBeth Street at 6am Tuesday, providing food for two adults and two children.

All of those affected by these disasters will meet with caseworkers in the coming days work on a longer-term recovery plan, including referrals to other agencies as needed. Specially trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers are also available to help families deal with the emotional trauma caused by these disasters.

This year, the American Red Cross helped more people affected by home fires than all other disasters combined. Volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region responded at all hours of the day to help more than 3,380 people with nowhere else to turn after home fires from January 1 to December 1, 2014.

Because of the high number of home fires in this country, the Red Cross launched a campaign this year to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. The organization 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 Preparedness Campaign, the Red Cross is providing smoke detectors to residents free of charge.

In addition to the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, the Red Cross is also partnering with New York State to offer free Citizen Preparedness Corps Training. A trained Red Cross representative will provide a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters. A 15-minute online version of this program is also available at http://prepare.ny.gov/online-citizen-preparedness-training (select Red Cross from the referral dropdown menu).

For more information on the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign or to schedule an in-person Citizen Preparedness Corps training, please contact Individual and Community Preparedness Specialist Veronica Chiesi Brown at 585-241-4405 or veronica.chiesibrown@redcross.org.

Our work is made possible by the generosity of the American public. You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables us to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. You can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.