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AMERICAN RED CROSS OF THE CHESAPEAKE REGION
RESPONDS TO OVERNIGHT APARTMENT COMPLEX FIRE IN FREDERICK COUNTY
FREDERICK, MD – (August 4, 2014) – The American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region responded today to an apartment complex fire at the Hickory Hill Apartments in Frederick County.
Disaster Action Team volunteers were on site early this morning to assist individuals and families who were displaced by the fire. The volunteers met with the residents to determine if immediate shelter was needed and to identify additional necessities, including food, clothing, medical device replacement, cleanup kits and more. Those who were not able to stay with friends or family were provided lodging by the Red Cross and were given comfort kits containing tooth brushes and toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Since there were a number of children who were affected, volunteers also distributed teddy bears.
“Our team acted quickly to provide immediate support and aid to the families who have been displaced,” said Nicholas Geier, Frederick County Chapter Executive. “This was a traumatic fire for all involved and we will be working with the residents over the next few days, and potentially weeks, to assist with their recovery process.”
Residents will also speak with the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team who will provide tips on gauging emotional health and coping with disasters.
The American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region responded to 660 disasters last fiscal year, many of which were house or apartment fires. The public can help families affected by disasters like the Hickory Hills Apartments fire by making a donation to support the Chesapeake Region. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org/chesapeake to make an online donation or call 410-624-2000.
About the American Red Cross Chesapeake Region (www.redcross.org/chesapeake):
On average the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region provides help to Maryland families two to three times each day after disasters including emergency shelter, food, clothing and counseling thanks to major support from donors to the United Way campaigns in Maryland. Each day the Red Cross also provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information or to donate, please visit RedCross.org/Chesapeake or Tweet us @RedCrossMD.
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