Providing assistance for a total of 19 people
The American Red Cross is assisting a total of 19 residents from nine apartments impacted by a fire Sunday morning on Cayuga Street in Fulton. A team of eight Disaster Action Team volunteers responded to the incident. The First United Methodist Church located nearby provided space for impacted residents to gather for comfort, food and refreshments and support.
Red Cross assistance typically includes funding for temporary housing, food and clothing, health services as needed, and specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help those affected deal with the emotional aspect of their disaster. Affected families will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a long-term recovery plan.
In a typical year, home fires kill more people in the United States than all natural disasters combined. The Red Cross encourages everyone to take two steps to help keep their families safe: Test your smoke alarms every month and practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year. Visit redcross.org/homefires for additional fire safety information and resources.
You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.