CORTLAND, N.Y. (Feb. 18, 2014) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Cortland County provided assistance Saturday morning to three adults after a fire at their apartment building on Main Street in Cortland.
Red Cross volunteers provided lodging at an area hotel for two of the tenants. The third tenant was able to remain in the downstairs apartment. The Red Cross also provided food, clothing and other personal items for all three tenants.
Red Cross volunteers remain available to provide the tenants with emotional support, counseling, and referrals to agencies that will help them with their recovery.
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 always needed and anyone interested in becoming a DAT member should contact the American Red Cross of Cortland County at (607) 753-1182 or visit www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/cortland or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanRedCrossCortlandCounty.