Category Archives: Disaster Relief

Find all the latest news our Disater Relief Team has been involved in.

Busy Weekend Doing What We Do Best

AAA_6474We had a busy weekend this past weekend helping 18 families after fires in Dudley, Worcester and Northbridge. A team of  our Red Cross Responders helped a family of eight (2 adults, 6 children)  with food and clothing after a fire on Thursday, May on Cross Street in Dudley.

Two more teams of our awesome volunteers responded to two multi-unit fires on Saturday, May 4. The first fire, on Hitchcock Road in Worcester, left three families (7 adults, 7 children) without a home. We helped the families with food, clothing and shelter.

The second fire,  on Church Avenue in Northbridge,  displaced 14 families (24 adults, 7 children). The Red Cross set up a service center at St. Peter’s Church to assess client needs and worked cooperatively with SMOC to make sure all of the clients had adequate housing. SMOC provided shelter for all of the families. The Red Cross provided food and clothing.

All families were provided snacks at the scene along with comfort kits, containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items they might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire.  We will be in contact will all 18 families in the coming days to further assist with recovery.

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.  For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit www.redcross.org.

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The American Red Cross of Central MA Assists Families Following Fires in Webster and Brookfield

The American Red Cross of Central MA responded to two fires early this morning. A team of 7 volunteers went to assist families displaced by a fire at 31 Prospect Street in Webster. The team assisted six families (12 adults, 7 children) at the scene with comfort kits and food; five of the six were also assisted with shelter. The sixth family had alternate shelter. One family also received resources for clothing.

Another team of Red Cross volunteers dispatched to 34 Quabog Street in Brookfield this morning to assist those affected by a multi-unit fire. The team has already assisted six adults with shelter, bedding, food and clothing and will be meeting with two more adults later this afternoon to determine their needs. The Red Cross will be in contact with everyone displaced by the fire to offer emotional support and continued services.

Red Cross disaster services will be in contact with all families and individuals in the coming days to assist with recovery.

American Red Cross Central MA Disaster Team Continues to Help With Past Weekend Fires

The American Red Cross of Central MA Disaster Action Team assisted 34 people today following a 24-unit apartment building fire at 115 Pleasant Street in Worcester. The team arrived at the scene at 7:50 this morning and quickly set up a service center at All Saints Church on Irving Street. Twenty of the buildings 24 units were occupied .The Red Cross assisted 34 residents with financial resources for food as well as comforts kit and snacks and drinks. The landlord of the apartment building provided alternate shelter for many of the residents; others had an alternate place to stay or were not available at the scene.

The Red Cross will follow up with all residents in the coming days to assist with recovery.

The Red Cross of Central MA has responded to an unusual number of fires for this time of year. The Pleasant St. fire marks the 16th fire response since July 1 of this year.  Just this weekend the chapter assisted 70 people as a result of fires. The Red Cross urges residents to adhere to fire safety tips which can be found at www.redcross.org/firesafety.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is given free of charge, made possible by the voluntary contribution of time, blood and money.  Red Cross is an independent, humanitarian, voluntary organization, not a government agency.

You can help people affected by disasters like fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.  Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

American Red Cross Berkshire County Assists Family Following New Marlborough Fire

The American Red Cross Berkshire County Disaster Action Team responded to a single family house fire this morning at 327 Konkapot Road in New Marlborough. The team assisted one family (1 adult, 2 children) with financial resources for food and clothing. The Red Cross will be in touch with the family in the coming days to assist with recovery.

 

American Red Cross of Central MA Assists Over 66 People in Just Three Days Follow String of Worcester Fires

The American Red Cross of Central MA Disaster Action Team has been very busy this weekend assisting people affected by a string of Worcester fires. The team is currently assisting over 30 people following a fire early this morning at 115 Pleasant Street in Worcester. The Red Cross has set up a service center at All Saints Church at 10 Irving Street where they will provide snacks and drinks and possibly meals to those affected. They will also work with each family to determine their immediate emergency needs.

Yesterday, the Red Cross assisted 17 adults following a large fire at 39-41 Irving St. in Worcester. The team arrived at the scene of the fire at nearly 8am in the morning and stayed assisting those affected by the fire until 4:50pm. From a Red Cross Service Center stationed at All Saints Church,  the team assessed the needs of those displaced by the fire and provided them with comfort kits including toiletries and other essential items. Fourteen of the adults were provided with resources for food and clothing and 1 person received assistance with shelter. Community Healthlink assisted many with housing and others have found alternate shelter with friends and family.

Friday, August 3, the Red Cross helped three families displaced by a fire at 70 Greenhill Parkway in Worcester. The three families (15 adults, 4 children) were provided assistance with comfort kits and resources for clothing. The Red Cross provided two of the families with resources for shelter. The third family was able to find alternate housing.

“The help we were able to provide this weekend – something to eat, a cool safe place to stay and other essential emergency needs – is great example of our mission in action,” said Dawn Leaks, Red Cross Central MA Regional Director of Communications. “Because of the dedication of our amazing volunteers and the generosity of our donors, we were able to provide excellent services to our community this weekend.”

All Red Cross disaster assistance is given free of charge, made possible by the voluntary contribution of time, blood and money.  Red Cross is an independent, humanitarian, voluntary organization, not a government agency.

You can help people affected by disasters like fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.  Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS