HORNELL, N.Y. (March 18, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross provided assistance this morning to two adults who were displaced from their two-family home by a fire late Tuesday night on John Street in Hornell (Steuben County).
Red Cross volunteers provided the adults with financial assistance for temporary lodging, and vouchers for food, clothing and seasonal garments. The Red Cross is attempting to contact the resident from the other apartment to offer assistance to that tenant.
The Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the tenants for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.
TWO LIFESAVING STEPS The American Red Cross has launched an initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over the next five years. The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps: check existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.
As part of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke detectors in homes that need them. For more information, please contact Disaster Program Manager Judy Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 936-3766.
To support home fire survivors across the country, the American Red Cross has launched a new social media campaign called #GiveWhatFireTakes. Donors nationwide have the opportunity to support Red Cross relief efforts. For every amount raised, the Red Cross is able to provide not only recovery items for home fire survivors, but also critical fire safety training and smoke alarm installations to help prevent deaths and injuries. Visit our Crowdrise campaign page, make a direct donation on redcross.org and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.