American Red Cross Assists 12 after Syracuse Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 31, 2014) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Sunday night to 12 people from two families who were displaced from their multi-family home by a fire on Spring Street in Syracuse.

Red Cross volunteers provided food, clothing, storage containers and other necessities to one family with five adults and one infant, and a second family with two adults and four children, including an infant. The Red Cross also provided lodging at an area hotel for up to three nights for one of the adults. The other tenants were able to stay with family members or friends.

Red Cross volunteers remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during 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 Central New York at (315) 234-2200 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/cny or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arccny.