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Red Cross Assists 21 After Three Fires in Southern Tier

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (Feb. 9, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted 21 people from three families who were displaced from their homes by fires Saturday and Sunday in South New Berlin, Norwich and Spencer.

In South New Berlin, a family of seven (two adults, five children) was displaced from their home by a fire late Saturday evening on Turnpike Road.

In Norwich, a family of nine (two adults, seven children) was displaced from their home by a fire Saturday evening.

In Spencer, a family of five (two adults, three children) were displaced from their home just before 4 p.m. Saturday night on Guiles Road.

Red Cross volunteers provided the families with temporary lodging, and vouchers for food, clothing, shoes, and seasonal garments. 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.

The Southern Tier Chapter has responded to five fires in the past six days, assisting 26 individuals. Shelley Bierwiler, Executive Director of the Southern Tier Chapter, encourages you to visit www.redcross.org to find out how to prevent home fires and how to be prepared in the event of a fire.

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 Crowdwise 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 a DAT (Disaster Action Team) member should contact the American Red Cross of the Southern Tier at (607) 785-7207 or visit www.redcross.org/ny/endicott/volunteer.