Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York will be in the Town of Smithfield in Madison County this morning to offer assistance to the families whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by Tuesday night’s powerful storm.
At least eight homes were impacted, and Red Cross volunteers will offer the residents food, clothing, personal hygiene items and other necessities, and emergency housing if they do not have another place to stay. Red Cross mental health caseworkers will also be available to provide counseling, and Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the families for support and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.
The storm claimed the life of four people who lived in the area of Goff and Northrop roads in Smithfield.
The Red Cross also announced this morning that it will re-open the reception center in East Syracuse that it opened Tuesday night for residents of that area who remain without power because of the storm. The center is in the air-conditioned DeWitt Community Room at the East Syracuse Fire Department Station 2, where volunteers will provide water and snacks.
Red Cross volunteers also responded Tuesday night to a storm-related incident in the Town Locke in Cayuga County, where a family of five was displaced after a tree fell on its home. Red Cross volunteers provided the family with food and clothing, and the family had a place to stay for the night.
American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers are trained to respond to 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 urgently needed and anyone interested in becoming a DAT member should contact the American Red Cross of Central New York at (315) 234-2200 or visit www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.