Montgomery County Offers Additional Services In Response To Flower Branch Apartment Fire

From Montgomery County Public Information Office: Montgomery County established a reunification center at Rolling Terrace Elementary School, 705 Bayfield St., Takoma Park until 8 p.m. 8/12. Reunification resumed 8/12 at 8 a.m. at the Long Branch Community Recreation Center located at 8700 Piney Branch Rd. Silver Spring.

MC311, the County’s Customer Service Call Center, extended hours of operation until midnight on 8/11. Callers who live in the County may call 3-1-1, callers outside of the County should call 240-777-0311. The MC311 call center does have Spanish-speaking Customer Service Representatives (call takers).

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is providing one bus on 8/12 until 7 p.m. to circle from:

Long Branch Community Recreation Center at 8700 Piney Branch Rd. to Tess Center at 8513 Piney Branch Road to Donation Store at 8502 Greenwood Avenue and back to the Long Branch Community Recreation Center.

Montgomery County Public Libraries Long Branch is providing services to support residents who lost their homes and personal belongings. The Long Branch Library is located at 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. The library is open until 8 p.m. tonight and will reopen at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

The Library offers:

  • Spanish speakers on staff
  • Computers and laptops for work and personal use
  • Charging stations
  • Free fast wi-fi
  • Books, toys, and games
  • Air Conditioner

Additionally, the Library staff will provide library resources and materials to residents who are staying at the emergency shelter established at the Long Branch Community Recreation Center.

For a listing of how community members can help fire victims go to: http://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=16282 .

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CASA is No Longer Accepting Donations

Update from CASA: From county Health and Human Services staff member Mary Clare Anderson this morning regarding the survivors of the Flower Branch apartments fire: “CASA is now overwhelmed with donations and are asking to donate financially if possible. No donations at the shelter at Long Branch Community Center because they are too stacked high with clothing, household items and food. Today will be spent working on a longer term plan for house holding those affected and once that occurs, the donations will have a place to go. The outpouring has been amazing. last night at the shelter, there were people bringing homemade food, restaurants are donating food and the community outpouring is amazing.”

STATEMENT FROM FLOWER BRANCH APARTMENTS REGARDING TRAGIC EXPLOSION AND FIRE

SILVER SPRING, Md. (August 12, 2016) – – In the early morning hours on Thursday, August 11, 2016 there was an explosion and fire at the Flower Branch Apartments in the Long Branch neighborhood of Silver Spring.

While fire and rescue officials are reporting on the details of their operations, we are working closely with various authorities and agencies involved to help determine the cause which remains unknown at this time.

Our residents and their safety are our top priority and we are shocked and terribly saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life, injuries and displaced residents. We are heartbroken. We are working continuously to assist displaced residents to find them homes.

We are also extremely grateful for the rapid response and all the efforts of the first-responders and fire/rescue teams.

A shelter has been setup next door at Long Branch Community Center located at 8700 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring. They will be open 24/7 and offering displaced residents meals, shower facilities and computer/internet access.

This support web site will address inquiries and allow universal access to updates and information from the Flower Branch team.

Many of our residents, neighbors and others from around the region have asked for ways to help. Montgomery County, MD has published the following:

  • The Red Cross is accepting financial donations here: http://www.redcross.org/local/maryland-delaware
  • To make a financial donation via U.S. mail, checks made payable to Montgomery Housing Partnership (Attn: Long Branch Fire) can be sent to 12200 Tech Road, Suite 250, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Write LONG BRANCH FIRE in the check memo.
  • To make an online financial donation go to: MHPartners.organd click on “Give Direct” (on right side of screen); input amount and credit card number; indicate LONG BRANCH FIRE in the “comment” box.
  • Toiletries, canned/boxed food and clothing are being accepted at the CASA Welcome Center, 734 University Blvd East.

Statement provided by Flower Branch Apartments

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DECLARACIÓN DE FLOWER BRANCH APARTMENTS CON RESPECTO A LA TRÁGICA EXPLOSIÓN E INCENDIO

SILVER SPRING, Md. (12 de agosto de 2016) – – En la madrugada del jueves, 11 de agosto de 2016, hubo una explosión e incendio en Flower Branch Apartments en el barrio de Long Branch, en Silver Spring.

Mientras que los comisarios de bomberos y de rescate nos van comunicando los detalles de sus operaciones, nos mantenemos colaborando estrechamente con varias de las autoridades y agencias que están participando para poder determinar la causa del suceso, que aún se desconoce hasta el momento.

Nuestros residentes y su seguridad son nuestra máxima prioridad, y hemos quedado impactados y terriblemente afligidos al enterarnos de las trágicas muertes, los heridos y los residentes desplazados. Nos encontramos desconsolados. Estamos esforzándonos de forma constante para ayudar a conseguirles hogares a los residentes desplazados.

También estamos sumamente agradecidos por las asistencias tan inmediatas y todos los esfuerzos del personal de auxilios y de los equipos de bomberos y de rescate.

Se ha establecido un refugio al lado del Long Branch Community Center, situado en 8700 Piney Branch Road, en Silver Spring. Este permanecerá abierto las 24 horas los 7 días de la semana, y les facilitará comidas, baños de ducha y acceso a computadoras e internet a los residentes desplazados.

Esta página web de asistencias atenderá a sus preguntas y le brindará un acceso universal a los últimos sucesos e información del equipo de Flower Branch.

Muchos de nuestros residentes, vecinos y otros miembros de la región han querido saber cómo podrán ayudar. El Condado de Montgomery, Maryland ha publicado lo siguiente:

  • La Cruz Roja está aceptando donaciones financieras aquí: http://www.redcross.org/local/maryland-delaware
  • Para hacer su donación financiera por medio del correo de EE.UU., remita su cheque pagadero a: Montgomery Housing Partnership (Attn: Long Branch Fire), enviándolo a: 12200 Tech Road, Suite 250, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Escriba: LONG BRANCH FIRE en el espacio de observaciones.
  • Para hacer su donación financiera por internet, visite: org y seleccione: “Give Direct” (“Donar directamente”, en el lado derecho de la pantalla); ingrese la cantidad y su número de tarjeta de crédito; e incluya LONG BRANCH FIRE en el espacio titulado “comment” (“comentarios”).
  • Se aceptan artículos de aseo personal, alimentos enlatados o en cajas, y ropa en el CASA Welcome Center, situado en 734 University Blvd East.

Declaración emitida por Flower Branch Apartments

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La investigación ‪#flowerbranch continúa, se identificó a los desaparecidos.

Vea una rueda de prensa a partir del 12 de agosto a las 2:00 de la tarde para información actualizada sobre el incendio en Flower Branch.

El Condado deMontgomery está prestando servicios de asistencia para apoyar a las familias del incendio en Flower Branch.

CASA ya no acepta más donaciones. Para mayor información, por favor visite:

Hemos creado una página web de asistencias para atender a sus preguntas y transmitirle los últimos sucesos. Por favor visite: ‪http://flowerbranchcommunity.com para mayor información.