Three days into April and we’ve already seen at least four fires in western Massachusetts.
Dozens of people have been forced out of their homes. The western Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross stands ready to help thousands of people because of their volunteers and donors.
In 2018 alone the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Red Cross helped 912 people. The disaster service program is almost completely volunteer based. They help victims get back on their feet, soon after disaster strikes.
Dave Basler a Volunteer Disaster Program Manager told 22News, “The assistance that we give people is really designed to get them through the first two or three days. To give them some time if they have a place to go if they need lodging to have a little bit of money to buy food and things like underwear and socks that they may not have.”
Already in the month of April, the western Massachusetts Red Cross has helped 18 families and a total of 55 people through its disaster service. “We use disaster services to fund those disasters that happen both locally here on a smaller scale for the family that’s impacted or areas across the country.” Said Jen Grautti Executive Director Western Massachusetts Chapter American Red Cross.
In order to help families avoid catastrophe, the Red Cross is hosting a Sound the Alarm event.
They’re partnering with the Springfield Fire Department and installing free smoke alarms in homes.
If you need a smoke alarm, you can request an appointment by calling 1-800-746-3511 by April 15.
The Red Cross is always accepting donations and are always looking for volunteers.