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Red Cross Responds To Multi Unit Fire In OC

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OCEAN CITY, MD – (February 10, 2015) – The American Red Cross of Delmarva is currently working with numerous residents who have been displaced following a multi-unit fire earlier this morning in Ocean City, MD.

Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers arrived on site to assist residents, meeting with them at City Hall to asses their needs and arrange Red Cross support. So far, 13 individuals have requested assistance from the Red Cross. Overnight housing for the displaced residents will be provided at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Coastal Highway. In addition to shelter needs, the Red Cross is also providing food, clothing, and toiletries for the individuals. Any residents who have been immediately affected by the fire but have not yet met with Red Cross representatives are encouraged to call 1-800-422-7677 to request support.

“Our volunteers were quick to make contact with those affected by this terrible fire, and worked closely with representatives from the Town of Ocean City to provide a safe and comfortable meeting place,” said Patrick K. Delaney, Delmarva Executive Director. “We will continue to work with these individuals to ensure they are supported through this frightening ordeal.”

Disaster Action Team (DAT) members are community volunteers who are the first Red Cross representatives on scene to assist families after a disaster. This position is integral to the organization and has an enormous impact on the people they help. The Red Cross is constantly recruiting for dedicated community members to become DAT volunteers, offering regular trainings and hosting DAT meetings. Those interested in learning more and volunteering for the Red Cross can visitwww.redcross.org/de/wilmington and click on “Volunteer.”

The American Red Cross of Delmarva responded to 284 disasters last fiscal year, many of which were house or apartment fires. The public can help families affected by disasters, like this fire, by making a donation to support the Greater Chesapeake Region. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit www.redcross.org/chesapeaketo make an online donation or call 410-624-2000.

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