Endicott, N.Y. (Aug. 13, 2014) — The Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to a 30-unit apartment fire early Wednesday morning on Floral Avenue in Johnson City. A shelter was opened to assist those who were displaced from their homes and in need of assistance. As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, 12 of the apartment tenants were at the shelter located at a nearby church in Johnson City.
Red Cross volunteers are providing the shelter residents with food, cots, blankets, and personal hygiene items. The shelter will remain open until all shelter clients have found more permanent lodging.
The Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.
In addition to today’s response, the Southern Tier Chapter responded to six separate fires in the last month, provided lodging and other assistance to 20 individuals who were displaced. For steps residents can take to prevent home fires, visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/home-fire
American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers are trained to respond to disasters such as fires, floods and ice storms and administer assistance to those affected. Red Cross assistance typically includes temporary shelter, financial assistance for food and replacement clothing, replacement medication, and emotional counseling and support. Volunteers are urgently needed and anyone interested in becoming a DAT member should contact the American Red Cross at (607)785-7207 or visit www.redcross.org/endicott/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/southerntier or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernTierRedCross.