The American Red Cross is not a government agency, and depends on the generosity of donors. Giving to the Red Cross ensures that Red Cross volunteers have the resources to assist families who are displaced by disaster.
Following a fire or flood, families need shelter, food, clothing and other support to start to feel a sense of normalcy return to their lives as they make a plan to rebound. The Red Cross responds any time, day or night, when disaster strikes.
Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, Red Cross workers have assisted 12 families totaling 30 people who’ve been displaced in the last 48 hours due to 6 home fires.
E. Dummerston- 2 families, 8 people
Bennington- 5 families, 9 people
Rutland- 2 families, 3 people
In New Hampshire:
Greenville- 1 family, 2 people
Manchester- 1 family, 3 people
Nashua- (estimate) 1 family, 5 people
Please consider making a donation at www.redcross.org to ensure that help is there when we need it.
TURN AND TEST
Daylight Saving Time started at 2:00 a.m. this morning, March 13, and the Red Cross reminds everyone to TURN AND TEST – turn their clocks ahead one hour and test their smoke alarms. If someone’s home is lacking smoke alarms, residents should install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. The alarms should be tested every month and the batteries replaced at least once a year, or according to the alarm manufacturer’s instructions.
Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day. The plan should include two ways to get out of every room and a place to meet outside. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes with two stories or more.
People can visit redcross.org to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones from fire or go to http://www.redcross.org/local/nhvt/in-home-smoke-alarm to schedule a free smoke alarm installation. New Hampshire and Vermont residents can also help by volunteering their time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.