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American Red Cross Assists 7 After Van Etten Fire

VAN ETTEN, N.Y. (March 6, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross provided assistance Friday to a family of seven that was displaced from its home by a fire on Front Street in Van Etten (Chemung County).

For the family with two adults and five children, the Red Cross volunteers provided comfort kits with personal hygiene items, and vouchers for food and clothing. The Red Cross is not providing lodging because the family members are staying with friends and family.

The Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the family for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during its 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 their 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 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 and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.