AUBURN, N.Y. (June 9, 2014) — The Disaster Action Team of the American Red Cross of Cayuga County provided assistance Monday morning to the immediate needs of the residents of a multi-family home affected by a fire on Nelson Street in Auburn.
The apartment building with five units suffered extensive damage. It was occupied by three families, and the Red Cross is providing shelter, food and clothing assistance for six people, including two children.
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 for Cayuga County should contact the American Red Cross of Cayuga County at (315) 252-9596 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.