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American Red Cross Assists Four After Fire in Lansing

ITHACA, N.Y. (March 3, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted a family of four that was displaced from its home by a fire Monday night on Jerry Smith Road in Lansing in Tompkins County.

The Red Cross volunteers, Nancy and Jack Gould, provided vouchers for food, clothing and seasonal garments to the family with one adult and three children. The family did not need temporary lodging from the Red Cross because it has a place to stay.

The Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the residents 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 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.

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 redcross.org and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.

Anyone interested in becoming an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteer should contact Volunteer Specialist Colleen McCabe at colleen.mccabe@redcross.org or (607) 785-7207.