Saturday, February 19, 2011

3 Calls to Red Cross in Just 12 Hours

Call goes out to Red Cross regarding Barre, Lydonville and Newark Fires

In a pattern that seems to be repeating itself throughout a busy winter season, calls to the Red Cross have once again come in bunches. In the course of 12 hours, on three occasions local Red Cross Disaster Action Teams either went to the scene of a house fire or were put on standby for a potential call into service.

The first call came in response to a Friday fire in Newark, VT that displaced a family of three. Volunteers with the Caledonia County Disaster Action Team (DAT) responded to a call for support, providing financial assistance to the family for food and clothing. Additionally, they supplied rehabilitative services to firefighters and other first responders from multiple area departments. Members of the Caledonia DAT also readied themselves Friday evening by being on standby should assistance have been requested for a Lyndoville, VT fire.

The third fire garnering the attention of the Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross was a call to action in Barre, VT after a kitchen fire displaced a family of 8, including 2 adults and 6 children. The Red Cross’s Berlin Disaster Action Team extended support to the Barre family in the form of lodging and financial assistance for food and clothing.

American Red Cross Disaster Action Teams are comprised of volunteers who respond, day or night, to assess the needs of disaster victims and, when requested, provide aid to first responders, most often in the form of hydration, food and rehabilitative support.