As natural disasters across the country gain mass media attention, “silent disasters,” local fires and floods, affecting families and individuals almost weekly, often go unnoticed. In the last half of 2012 and first half of 2013, the American Red Cross of Southwestern New York responded to 52 separate “silent disasters” in Chautauqua County and provided immediate food, shelter and clothing to families in need.
To assist with future disasters in the community, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation recently awarded $10,000 from its Chautauqua County Assistance Fund to the Red Cross.
“The Chautauqua County Assistance Fund was created to help Chautauqua County,” Randy Sweeney, Community Foundation executive director said. “We are proud to support the American Red Cross as they deliver valuable resources to members of our community in need.
According to Bill Tucker, American Red Cross of Southwestern New York executive director, the support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is essential to the ability of the Red Cross to provide local disaster relief. “There are many parts that go into making a successful disaster response capability, but two are absolutely essential; dedicated and well-trained volunteers, and generous local financial support. We have a tremendous team of volunteers, and with this generous financial support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation we have the resources needed to deliver our essential services. We cannot thank them enough!”
Chautauqua County has two disaster response teams responsible for providing 24-hour per day service throughout the county. These teams are composed of over 40 American Red Cross disaster volunteers that live, work and respond here in Chautauqua County. Each member goes through extensive training to be able to provide quality support when responding to a disaster.
For more information on the local chapter of the Red Cross and the services they offer, or to make a donation, visit redcross.org. For more information on the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, visit crcfonline.org.