Red Cross helps Trumbull residents after fire

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"As we continue to help them, we urge everyone to take steps to minimize the risk of a fire occurring in their home".

The press release states that "we are now entering the coldest months of the season, which means the threat of home fire deaths is still very real".

Ross added that 7 percent of the Red Cross's responses received are storms such as tornados and the rest of the responses that come in can be a variety of things.

The families that lost their homes to Wednesday's fire are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

Caseworkers work one-on-one with families to create recovery plans. "But our greatest need is for volunteer members of the Disaster Action Team".

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Flood said that the fire apparently began in the kitchen on the tenant side of the duplex. Blankets and comfort kits containing personal care items were also provided.

Ross said to those who are looking to volunteer, "Give us a call; it's never too late".

"The Red Cross will be here as long as there is need", said Kimberly Coley, executive director, in a statement.

The Red Cross was involved in a controversy last week over a policy, which has since been rescinded, that would have required people in certain ZIP codes to go to a Red Cross office or a police department to get emergency aid after house fires. Heather Allemang, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, talks volunteers through detailed processes of assisting clients after going through a disaster.

During a one-day, citywide event, volunteers will provide lifesaving fire safety education and install free smoke alarms for any local household in need.

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