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American Red Cross Assists Adult After Arkport Fire

CORNING, N.Y. (May 20, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross provided assistance Tuesday night to one adult who was displaced from a home on West Avenue in the Village of Arkport (Steuben County).

The Red Cross volunteers provided the adult with financial assistance for temporary lodging. The adult did not require additional assistance.

On Monday, Red Cross volunteers from the Finger Lakes Chapter provided financial assistance for temporary lodging, and vouchers for food, clothing, shoes and local transportation to a family with two adults and one infant that was displaced from its home on Tuscarora Street in the Village of Addison (Steuben County). Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the Arkport and Addison residents 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 or to schedule an installation, please contact Judith Coleman, Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross Finger Lakes Chapter, at or (607) 936-3766. The Finger Lakes Chapter includes Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.

About the Disaster Action Team

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 needed and anyone interested in becoming a DAT member should contact the American Red Cross Finger Lakes Chapter at (607) 936-3766 or visit