SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (May 11, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross provided assistance to a family of five that was displaced from its home Monday by a fire on Green Street in Seneca Falls.
The Red Cross volunteers provided one adult and four children with financial assistance for temporary lodging, vouchers for food, clothing and shoes, and comfort kits with personal hygiene items. Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the family 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 936-3766. The Finger Lakes Chapter includes Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties.
The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and other emergencies by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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 redcross.org/ny/corning/volunteer.