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Red Cross Assistance Continues in Madison, Onondaga Counties

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (July 9, 2014) — Volunteers and staff members from the American Red Cross of Central New York Critical Response Team spent Wednesday meeting with the families that were impacted by the tornado that ripped through the Town of Smithfield in Madison County Tuesday night.

The Critical Response Team includes caseworkers, Disaster Mental Health volunteers and Health Services volunteers who met with the families Wednesday to assess their immediate needs, offer counseling, and provide medical aid. Health Services volunteers will remain available Wednesday night and Thursday, and the caseworkers and Disaster Mental Health volunteers will return Thursday to provide additional assistance.  

The tornado destroyed or damaged 10 homes, and it claimed the life of four people who lived in the area of Goff and Northrup roads in Smithfield. Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the families for support and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.

In other storm-related news, the Red Cross reception center in East Syracuse will close at 9 p.m. Wednesday as power continues to be restored to that area. The Red Cross on Tuesday night opened the center in the DeWitt Community Room at the East Syracuse Fire Department Station 2, where Red Cross volunteers provided meals, water and snacks. Nearly 30 people visited the center throughout the day on Wednesday.

How You Can Help

Help people affected by disasters like Tuesday’s tornado in Smithfield by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. Visit, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or send contributions to your local Red Cross office.