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American Red Cross launches Home Fire Campaign

Posted at 2:48 PM, Oct 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 08:23:54-04

Volunteers from the American Red Cross have responded to four separate fires across Western New York since Friday.

The organization has provided immediate help for 11 people in Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe and Wyoming Counties.

Assistance typically included funding for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers who are available to help those affected deal with the emotional toll of the situation. 

The families affected will also have the opportunity to meet with caseworkers to work on a long-term recovery plan.

The American Red Cross has started on an effort to decrease the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years. The Red Cross is asking every household in America to do two easy things: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.

The Red Cross's Home Fire Campaign is even teaming up with local fire departments to help install free smoke alarms in homes that need them.