Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Director of Communications
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Red Cross Assisting Victims of Cranston Fire
--Working with Pharmacy to Acquire Medication for Two Adults
American Red Cross of Rhode Island disaster team members assisted two victims of a fire this morning
at 27 Seminole Trail in Cranston.
The two adults are staying with family members, but the American Red Cross is
facilitating replacement of the victims' medication with a local pharmacy.
Last night, the Red Cross assisted five adults and two children at a fire at 501
Potters Ave. in Providence. Food, clothing and emergency lodging were supplied to the victims, free of charge.
The Cranston incident marks the 42nd emergency that the Red Cross has
responded to in 2003. So far this year, the Red Cross has assisted 233 Rhode Islanders with emergency services, free of charge.
In 2002, American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers responded to 189 fires,
providing 1,179 Rhode Islanders with emergency food, clothing and shelter.
The Red Cross typically spends $1,000 per family of four it assists. All Red Cross
assistance is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis.