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American Red Cross Responds to Two Fires Tuesday

CORNING, N.Y. (Feb. 25, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross provided assistance to seven people who were displaced from their homes by fires Tuesday in Hornby (Steuben County) and Lodi (Seneca County).

In Hornby, Red Cross volunteers provided vouchers for food and clothing to four adults who were displaced from their home on Wilson Hollow Road. In Lodi, Red Cross volunteers provided vouchers for food and clothing to three adults who were displaced from their home on East Church Street.

Since Saturday, volunteers from the Finger Lakes Chapter (Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties) have assisted 20 people who have been displaced from their homes by fires in Hornby, Lodi, Waterloo (Seneca County) and 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 veronica.chiesibrown@redcross.org.

The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises 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.

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.