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American Red Cross Assists 13 After Central Square Fire

CENTRAL SQUARE, N.Y. (Oct. 23, 2013) — A Disaster Action Team from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Tuesday night to the immediate needs of 13 people who were displaced from their home by a fire at 1016 County Route 45 in Central Square, just outside of the Town of Palermo.

Three families with eight adults (18 and older) and five children lived in three units at the multi-family home. No injuries were reported.

The Red Cross DAT volunteers provided all 13 residents with lodging at an area hotel for up to three nights, food, seasonal clothing, shoes and comfort kits with a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and other personal hygiene items. The volunteers also provided formula and a crib for a family with an infant, and toys for the younger children.

Red Cross volunteers are available to provide the residents with emotional support and 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 Central New York Chapter 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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.