Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Monday to 17 people who were displaced from their home by a fire Sunday on Cable Road in Williamstown (Oswego County).
The family has 11 adults and six children. Red Cross volunteers provided the family with food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, infant supplies, bedding, comfort kits with personal hygiene items, local transportation, and teddy bears for the children. The Red Cross also provided the family with lodging at an area hotel.
The volunteers will remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.
Since last Monday, the Central New York Chapter has responded to five fires in Cayuga, Onondaga and Oswego counties and assisted a total of 46 people (32 adults and 14 children). The three most recent fires (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday) were in Williamstown.
TWO LIFESAVING STEPS With home fires on the rise because of holiday decorations and heating issues, the Red Cross is asking every resident to take two simple steps that can save lives: check your existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.
For more information about how residents can prevent home fires, please visit www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/home-fire.
The American Red Cross of Central New York provides an average of $800 in direct financial assistance when responding to a single-family house fire affecting a family of four. Anyone wishing to help people affected by fires, floods or other disasters can donate to the Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, visiting redcross.org/cny, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to their cell phone bill.
Anyone interested in helping their community by volunteering with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team should contact the Central New York Chapter at (315) 234-2200 or visit www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.