Niagara Gazette

February 15, 2013

February fires keeping Red Cross busy

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — February has been a busy month for the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties as the agency has responded to five separate fires in Niagara County this month.

Volunteers from the Disaster Action Team provided immediate emergency assistance to 16 people affected by incidents which took place Feb. 1 in Niagara Falls, Feb. 9 in Lockport; Tuesday in Middleport; Wednesday in Niagara Falls and Thursday in Pendleton.

Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing, as well as providing emotional support for those displaced by the fire. The affected families then meet with caseworkers in the days following their respective disasters to work out a longer-term recovery plan.

The Disaster Action Team is a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Disaster Action Team is a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties spends an average of just over $1,000 when responding to a single house fire affecting a family of four. To make a financial donation to help families such as these affected by house fires and other, please visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to your cell phone bill.

For more information on becoming a team member, call 878-2140 or visit www.redcross.org/ny/buffalo/volunteer.