FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE… (Westminster, Vermont – January 7, 2014) Frigid temperatures, fire and devastation are an all too familiar scene across our region recently. This morning, fire struck Basin Farm, a farm located on Basin Farm Road in Westminster, VT, with early reports indicating that a number of people have been displaced from a seriously damaged apartment building on the grounds. For the tenth time in just the first seven days of this new year, American Red Cross volunteers responded, offering help as disaster turns to recovery.
Two Red Cross disaster services volunteers are on scene and have offered to meet with those impacted by the fire and ensure that their emergency needs are met. Traditionally, help with temporary lodging and assistance for food and clothing is offered to those impacted by disaster. Preliminary word is that the residents may have other avenues available to them to help with these emergency needs. The Red Cross volunteers are also bringing in 60 meals for lunch to support the first responders working the scene under difficult circumstances. Coffee, water and snacks are already being provided.
Last year, the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross was called upon in the wake of disaster 179 times; more frequently than anyone can recall in recent years. Ninety percent of those calls were related to house and apartment fires. Just more than half way through its current fiscal year, the organization is matching last year’s historic rate, which was 70% greater than seen in this region just four years ago.
To help maintain a vibrant corps of volunteers, the Red Cross is always seeking new recruits and would welcome anyone looking to fulfill a New Year’s resolution to give back to their community. Those who are interested can go to www.redcross.org/vermont to learn more.
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.