Red Cross lends a hand to Westbrook residents after storm damages home

Red Cross lends a hand to Westbrook residents after storm damages home

WESTBROOK — A storm that blew into town recently displaced five local residents after a tree fell on their home.

A ferocious wind whipped along the shoreline on Sunday, Nov. 15, causing the two families on Church Hill Lane to seek emergency assistance from the American Red Cross. First responders included Jennifer Glen and Susan Shaw.

“We provided lodging, immediate needs and different personal care items that they might need,” said Jocelyn Hillard, American Red Cross regional communications director.

“Things that can get them through the night when they’re suddenly displaced from their home,” she added.

These items included toothbrushes, deodorant and shaving supplies.

In addition, a recovery envelope containing including tips on cleanup, notification of important contacts and dealing with damaged items was provided.

“We work with our families, as Red Cross case workers, to work on a longer-term plan for their recovery,” Hillard said. “That might mean connection to different services, it might mean advocacy for different housing, education or mental health – whatever they might need.”

The Red Cross will remain in contact with the family, to guide them through the process.

“Our Red Cross case workers do work closely with families to ensure that they have everything that they need,” Hillard said. “They will continue to be a source for resources.”

For more information about the Red Cross visit redcross.org

Connecticut Media Group