Monday, April 25, 2011

You can count on us 24/7!

Even when the calendar says that it’s a holiday, the American Red Cross is still prepared to respond when needed, which is exactly what happened this Easter evening.  While most people were spending the holiday weekend with their families, our Disaster Action Team was on call in case there were any disasters here in Western New York.  There happened to be three.
Photo courtesy of the Kadena County Chapter
of the American Red Cross

In the course of 24 hours, our Disaster Action Team was called to respond to three separate house fires.  The first was at approximately 6pm Sunday to assist a family of four following a trailer fire on Carefree Lane in Cheektowaga, the second at approximately 11:30pm to assist after a fire on Mayor Lane in Buffalo’s Riverside district, and the third at approximately 2:20am to assist after a fire at a boarding house on Plymouth Avenue on the city’s West Side.  We are now providing assistance to help meet the immediate needs of the 13 individuals affected by the fire, which is a service we provide to free of charge to individuals who have experienced natural or man-made disasters, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… even on holidays!
Our assistance includes:
·         Vouchers for food, clothing, and household goods.
·         Temporary housing.
·         Health services and referrals.
·         Referrals to housing and other social service agencies.
If you would like to learn more about our amazing DAT volunteers or how you can become one, please visit us online or call the Buffalo Chapter at (716) 886-7500.

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