CRANSTON, R.I., SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 – The American Red Cross is helping 50 people displaced yesterday by flooding at two buildings on Oaklawn Avenue in Cranston. Red Cross workers spent several hours at the scene yesterday, working with 35 adults and 15 children in 16 families.
The Red Cross provided a range of services to the families. Three families totaling seven people were helped with emergency food needs. Seven families totaling 23 people received help with emergency food and clothing needs. Four families totaling 12 people were provided help with emergency housing and food assistance. Two families totaling eight people were provided help with emergency food, clothing and housing needs.
Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman said the owner of the buildings was able to temporarily house some of the residents. He noted that the Red Cross remains available to assist two families not at the scene yesterday.
Shipman said that, while at the scene, the Red Cross provided beverages and meals to first responders and displaced residents at the scene. “Providing a meal during this long disaster response helped people stay hydrated and to keep their energy up.” Shipman also thanked the City and landlord for helping to meet the needs of displaced residents. “We appreciate the partnership that helped make sure residents’ immediate needs were met.”
The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a family might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the flood. Children were also provided with stuffed toys.
American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.