SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Jan. 14, 2013) — A Disaster Action Team of the American Red Cross Central New York Chapter provided assistance Monday afternoon to the immediate needs of one adult and three children who were displaced by a fire at about 2 p.m. at an apartment house at 204 Rich St., Syracuse.
The adult, a female, and three children (ages 12 and under) live on the first floor of the house. The second-floor apartment is currently vacant.
Red Cross volunteers provided the family with clothing, food, blankets and comfort kids that included toys for the children. The Red Cross did not have to provide lodging because the family will stay with friends.
American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers are trained to respond to emergencies and disasters such as fires, floods and ice storms and administer to the needs of survivors. Red Cross assistance typically includes temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and replacement clothing, replacement medication, and emotional counseling and support. Volunteers are always needed and those interested should contact the Director of Volunteers at (315) 234-2200 at the American Red Cross Central New York Chapter, or visit www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.