More than 80 residents of an apartment complex in North Randall received help from Red Cross workers on Tuesday, February 14.
After firefighters responded to an apartment fire at the North Randall Estates, building inspectors had to determine whether it was safe to let residents back in their homes.
Red Cross workers opened a reception center in a Community Room, where waiting residents were given food and comfort.
“They calmed everyone down and walked us through what we need to do,” said resident Ricky Tunstall. “They were sympathetic to our needs.”
Red Cross volunteers arrived on the scene shortly after the fire was reported mid-morning, and stayed well into the night, determining the needs of the residents, and trying to fill those needs.
Many residents were given immediate financial assistance. The Red Cross distributed almost $7,000 to help people pay for a hotel room, or to buy food or other necessities.
One resident spent the night in a Red Cross shelter.
4 weeks after the fire, ongoing casework, disaster health services and disaster mental health services were being provided in 23 cases, with the cost of the operation more than $8,300.
On average, the Red Cross responds to three home fires every 24 hours in Northeast Ohio. While all Red Cross disaster assistance is free, we rely on the generosity of donors to help us provide that assistance for disasters big and small. Donations to help fund Red Cross disaster relief efforts can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or by logging onto redcross.org/neo. A text-to-give option is also available. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.