Red Cross of Western Mass. needs volunteers for disaster relief efforts

There’s about 30 fires every year in December and January

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts is urgently looking for volunteers to help with disaster relief during the winter months.

Red Cross Executive Director for western Massachusetts, Jen Garutti, said during this time of year, people try to stay warm by using their fireplaces more, firing up the furnaces, and using candles during the holiday season.

“All of these activities are fire hazards and, unfortunately, we often see an increase of home fires in the early winter months and during the holiday season,” Garutti.

Related: The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Each year, in December and January, the Red Cross volunteer workforce and emergency response teams are called to an average of 30 fires, and provide those impacted by the fire with temporary housing, counseling and on-site support.

Garutti said, “We have a number of volunteer opportunities not only on-location at fire scenes, but also as part of the administrative follow-up and home fire prevention education activities that we provide.”

The Red Cross is concerned that a “critical shortage” with local volunteers will impact their ability to respond to potential disasters in western Massachusetts.

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