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American Red Cross Assists Family of Five After Waterloo Fire

WATERLOO, N.Y. (Feb. 24, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided assistance to a family of five that was displaced from its home by a fire Monday night on North Road in Waterloo (Seneca County).

For the family with two adults, two children and an infant, Red Cross volunteers provided financial assistance for temporary lodging at an area hotel, and vouchers for food and infant supplies. 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.

Since Saturday, volunteers from the Finger Lakes Chapter (Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties) have assisted 13 people who have been displaced from their homes by fires. On Saturday, the volunteers provided assistance to eight people (four adults and four children) from two families following a fire at a two-family home on West 19th Street in Elmira Heights (Chemung County).

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 Individual and Community Preparedness Specialist Veronica Chiesi Brown at 585-241-4405 or

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.