SYRACUSE, N.Y. (May 7, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted 17 people from 12 families who were displaced by a fire late Wednesday afternoon at an apartment complex on Suburban Park Drive in Manlius.
The Red Cross volunteers provided 14 adults and three children with vouchers for food, clothing and local transportation, and one adult with shoes. Local lodging for the tenants was provided by the owner of the apartment complex.
More than 100 firefighters from several departments responded to the fire, and Red Cross volunteers worked with the Manlius Fire Department to help the tenants recover personal items and pets. Red Cross volunteers will remain available to all of the families 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 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 or to schedule an installation, contact the American Red Cross of Central New York at 315-234-2299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a home fire safety checklist and other fire safety information, visit www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/prevent-home-fires.
About the Disaster Action Team
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. Volunteers are 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 redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.