SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 4, 2014) — The American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Monday night to seven people from two families who were displaced from their homes by fires in Onondaga County.
Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers provided food, clothing, shoes and lodging for up to three nights at an area hotel to two adults and one child whose home suffered extreme damage from a fire that started at about 5 p.m. Monday on Kendall Drive East in East Syracuse.
Red Cross volunteers also provided food and clothing for two adult and two children who were displaced from their home on Greymoor Way in Lysander by a fire that started at about 8 p.m. Monday.
Red Cross volunteers remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during 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 of Central New York 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 www.redcross.org/cny or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arccny.