FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE . . . Concord, VT and Sheffield, VT (December 6, 2013) Twin disasters struck the Northeast Kingdom this afternoon/evening as fire has displaced families in Concord and Sheffield, Vermont. The first fire was on Ladd Road in Concord, VT. One adult and three children have been displaced. Red Cross volunteers, including a team leader with the Caledonia Disaster Action Team, along with a new volunteer to the team, met with the family and has provided financial assistance to help with significant losses sustained as a result of the fire. The Red Cross volunteers also supported first responders by providing snacks and beverages.
As the Red Cross volunteers were returning home, a second call came in. This report, received from dispatch in St. Johnsbury advised that a Route 122 house fire in Sheffield, VT has left a family with emergency needs. The volunteers are en route to meet with the displaced family to determine what assistance is needed. Temporary housing and assistance with food, clothing, bed linens and storage containers will be offered and provided as needed.
These fires reflect a trend scene in the colder months, when the call for Red Cross services spikes. Including today’s two fires, volunteers have now assisted at the scene of seven fires in the past eight days.
Twenty-four hours a day, three hundred sixty-five days a year, Red Cross volunteers are prepared to help their neighbors should disaster strike. Tonight’s responding volunteers are members of one of twelve Red Cross Disaster Action Teams around the region. The aid they extend is offered without cost to those in need. The generosity of donors, which is essential to our ability to respond, provides the volunteers with the resources needed to help neighbors and communities during times of need.
To help people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org, call 802-660-9130, ext. 111, text REDCROSS to 90999, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.