SYRACUSE, N.Y. (April 17, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted nine people from two families who were displaced from their homes by fires Thursday night in Clay and Friday morning in Syracuse.
In Syracuse, a family of five (four adults, one child) was displaced from its home on Kenwood Drive Friday morning. Red Cross volunteers provided the family with vouchers for food and clothing, and comfort kits with personal hygiene items.
In Clay, a family of four (three adults, one child) was displaced from its home on Spruce Hill Drive Thursday night. Red Cross volunteers provided the family with vouchers for food, clothing and local transportation.
In less than 24 hours, the Red Cross of Central New York assisted 32 people (19 adults, 13 children) from seven families who were displaced from their homes by fires in Syracuse and Clay. On Thursday afternoon, the Red Cross opened a shelter at St. Lucy’s Church in Syracuse for 18 of those people from four families who were displaced from their apartments by a fire on Craddock Street in Syracuse.
At the shelter, the Red Cross provided the tenants with food, drinks, cots, blankets and personal hygiene items. All of the tenants have now found lodging with family or friends, and the Red Cross has closed the shelter.
Red Cross volunteers will remain available to all of these 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.