Monday, November 22, 2010

Burlington Apartment Fire Displaces Residents

Responding to last evening's apartment fire on South Meadow Drive in Burlington, Red Cross Disaster Services personnel provided aid to four affected families. Three members of the Northern Vermont Chapter's Disaster Action Team were on the scene. When the call came in to the Disaster Duty Officer, the volunteer Disaster Action Team personnel, including members skilled in client assistance, were dispatched to the incident scene. The Red Cross arranged emergency lodging and financial assistance was provided for food.

Red Cross disaster services volunteers are located throughout the region and are trained to provide disaster relief and emotional comfort. They are available to respond at any time, day or night, to disasters in their communities or surrounding towns. At every scene, familes are interviewed to determine their immediate, emergency needs. The Red Cross primarily assists with emergency shelter, food, clothing, medical and disaster mental health services where a verified need exists and will support the families further by providing referrals to other community support resources.

All emergency assistance provided by the American Red Cross is provided free of charge and made possible by donations from fellow community members. To help victims of this and other disasters, donations can be made to the American Red Cross by sending contributions to the American Red Cross, Northern Vermont Chapter, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401-3323. Please specify Disaster Services in the memo of your check.