The American Red Cross responded to two separate fires in Monroe County on Monday, November 17, providing immediate emergency assistance to four people. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing, and disaster mental health volunteers are available to provide emotional support. Affected families will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a long-term recovery plan.
Our Disaster Action Team volunteers provided lodging for one survivor after a fire on Creekview Drive in Chili. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy, the 30th fire-related death in the 17-county Western New York/Finger Lakes Region in 2014. Our volunteers also provided food and lodging for two adults and a child after a fire on Boughton Hill Road in Mendon.
The American Red Cross is currently responding to a major lake effect snow event affecting much of Western New York. A shelter is currently open at Fredonia High School, 425 East Main Road, with cots, food, water and additional support available. Red Cross staff and volunteers are in contact with emergency officials from across the Region and have additional shelter locations on standby if needed.
The American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter provides an average of just over $1,000 in direct financial assistance when responding to a single family house fire affecting a family of four. Anyone wishing to help people affected by fires, flooding or other disasters is asked to consider donating to the Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, visiting www.redcross.org, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to their cell phone bill.