Response Partners to Host Community Help Line Live for Those Impacted by Richmond Industrial Fire

April 21, 2023

Response partner agencies from the local, state, and federal levels, will hold Community Help Line LIVE, an in-person version of the 24/7 hotline put in place to address residents' concerns and questions regarding the recent Richmond industrial fire. Community Help Line LIVE will take place on Tuesday, April 25 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Fairview School 60 NW “L” Street, Richmond, IN.

The event will provide residents with an opportunity to speak with response partners one-on-one and receive up-to-date information on debris collection, air monitoring, and health-related questions. Agencies including EPA and IDEM will have their air monitoring equipment on display, allowing residents to learn how they operate.

“The City of Richmond and our partner agencies recognize the impact the industrial fire has had on our community, and we want to ensure residents receive the support, information, and resources they need during this time,” said Mayor Dave Snow.

This event is an in-person version of the Community Help Line, launched the morning after the industrial fire was reported, which continues to serve as a 24/7 resource to connect those affected by the fire with vital services and support.

“We encourage residents to come to this event and speak with our response partners directly. They are here to help and provide a better understanding of their response efforts and to answer any lingering questions,” said Matthew Cain, Director of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency.

Community Help Line LIVE will be held at Fairview School, located at 60 NW L Street in Richmond, Indiana, close to the evacuation zone.

Anyone affected by the fire is strongly encouraged to attend the event and take advantage of the opportunity to speak with the responding agencies and connect with the  assistance available to them. The Community Help Line remains open for those who cannot attend in person and can be reached at (765) 973-9300.

For more information about the industrial fire, see the EPA’s response page and the City of Richmond’s resource page.

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