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American Red Cross Responds to Syracuse Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (April 10, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted three adults who were displaced from their home by a fire early Friday morning on South Salina Street in Syracuse.

The Red Cross volunteers provided the adults with vouchers for food, clothing, shoes and local transportation (they did not request lodging). 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 or to schedule an installation, please contact the American Red Cross of Central New York at 315-234-2299 or email info.cny@redcross.org.

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.