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American Red Cross Responds to Oswego Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 17, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted two adults who were displaced from their home by a fire late Monday night on East Utica Street in Oswego.

The Red Cross volunteers provided the adults with financial assistance for temporary lodging, vouchers for food, comfort kits with personal hygiene items, and blankets. 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.

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, please contact Disaster Program Manager Maureen Perkins at maureen.perkins@redcross.org or (315) 234-2208.

CITIZEN PREPAREDNESS CORPS In partnership with New York State, the Red Cross is offering free Citizen Preparedness Corps Training. At each one-hour session, a trained Red Cross representative will provide a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters, including home fires and floods. For the list of training sessions in Central New York, please visit http://www.redcross.org/news/article/ny/syracuse/Free-Disaster-Preparedness-Training-Available-in-March

Anyone attending an in-person session between now and the end of March will be entered into a drawing to win a free generator. To schedule a free training session at your school, business or organization, please contact Casey Pfeffer from the American Red Cross at (315) 234-2221 or casey.pfeffer2@redcross.org.

A 15-minute online version of Citizen Preparedness Corp program is also available at prepare.ny.gov/online-citizen-preparedness-training (select “Red Cross” from the referral dropdown menu).