Eight volunteers with Red Cross aid the displaced
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE… (Winooski, Vermont – December 13, 2013) Into the early hours of today, eight American Red Cross volunteers with the Chittenden County Disaster Action Team sat with those displaced by the fire that ravaged 102 Malletts Bay Avenue in Winooski. In all, twenty-one residents of #’s 102 and 98 Malletts Bay Avenue were provided temporary lodging and financial support for food and clothing as needed.
The fire, which destroyed 102 Malletts Bay Avenue, ultimately displaced residents of neighboring #98. It is unclear when they will be able to return. This is the third time since August that Red Cross volunteers have aided Winooski residents in the aftermath of apartment fires that have impacted a total of eleven apartment units.
Volunteers worked closely with first responders in Winooski to ensure that the emergency needs of residents were addressed. The Red Cross volunteers on scene also supported fire, police and EMS who were on scene by providing them food and hot coffee on a very cold night.
The number of responses by the Red Cross in the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley Region was 179 this past year, a 70% increase from the number of requests for Red Cross assistance just four years ago. Ninety percent of requests relate to house and apartment fires, with the number of calls spiking in the colder months. In fact, last year, the rate at which Red Cross assistance was requested was 65% higher November through April than it was May through October.
While the circumstance of each person or family may be different, the people of our region know that they can count on the fact that compassionate and dedicated Red Cross volunteers will be at their side to help them through a difficult time. This work is accomplished by 12 Disaster Action Teams spread throughout Vermont and New Hampshire’s Upper Valley. Each team is comprised of volunteers who give of themselves to ensure that help is available when it is needed most.
All emergency assistance is provided by Red Cross volunteers without charge to those impacted by disaster. To fund this assistance, as well as the training and tools required of our volunteers to maintain readiness, the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross relies upon donations made by members of the community.
To help people affected by fires as well as other devastating disasters, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit www.redcross.org/vermont, call 802-660-9130, ext. 111, text REDCROSS to 90999, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.