Partnering with local first responders, Red Cross aids residents with emergency assistance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ... (Waterford, VT – August 15, 2014) Early this morning, a couple living at 111 Mad Brook Road in Waterford, VT found themselves out of their home after what has been described to the Red Cross as a boiler explosion. The house subsequently sustained significant smoke and water damage. A Red Cross volunteer was on scene and spoke with the family. This afternoon, the displaced couple and the Red Cross Disaster Action Team member out of Caledonia County are meeting to ensure emergency needs are being met.
As is often the case, the local fire department played a vital role in aiding the family. Not only did the Waterford first responders help save the home, they also knew that they could enlist the support of their local Red Cross volunteers to help the couple figure out next steps. At this juncture, this will take the form of arranging temporary lodging for the husband and wife and some financial assistance to help them start the road to recovery. The Red Cross knows that recovery begins the moment disaster strikes, making us so thankful to receive those calls from local dispatchers, fire departments and police, alerting us to need in their community.
American Red Cross volunteers in our region are organized in twelve Disaster Action Teams. With more than 10,000 square miles for these twelve teams to cover, it is crucial that we maintain a large and vibrant corps of volunteers. This ensures that help to those impacted by fire, flood and other disasters is never far away. Like all volunteer organizations, the Red Cross experiences volunteer turn over, making it imperative that we recruit new volunteers on an ongoing basis.
To be a part of our group of dedicated volunteers, no prior experience is necessary and all the training you will need is free and will be provided. To find out more about becoming an American Red Cross volunteer, go to www.redcross.org/vermont or contact Angela Russell at 802-660-9130, ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All disaster services offered by the American Red Cross are provided without charge. To help support people affected by fires as well as devastating natural 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.