Thursday, January 3, 2002
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
American Red Cross Reaching Out to Family,
Neighbors in Yesterday's Fatal East Providence Fire -- Red Cross Offering Free Mental Health Counseling
The American Red Cross is contacting the family Brigid Smail this morning, offering her family mental
health services, and providing any emergency services needed by the family.
Red Cross disaster personnel will also be reaching out to neighbors of the Smail's, in
their Riverside neighborhood, to offer condolences and mental health counseling.
"We have a network of dozens of mental health professionals across the state, who
are Red Cross volunteers, trained and ready to provide counseling to anyone involved in this tragic event," Elias Garcia, Director of Emergency Services, said.
"We offer these services in every emergency situation, and we are working to make sure that everyone affected by yesterday's fire receives the care they need."
Garcia noted that it often take a few days for an individual to recognize that they
need counseling, after they get over the initial shock of the incident.
If family members or neighbors need mental health counseling, please contact
Garcia directly at the American Red Cross of Rhode Island headquarters, at 401.831.7700.