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Red Cross Assists 9 After Incidents in Syracuse and Minetto

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 9, 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 Monday by incidents in Syracuse and Minetto (Oswego County).

In Syracuse, a family of four (three adults and one child) was displaced from its home by a fire Monday afternoon on Hope Avenue. Red Cross volunteers provided the family with financial assistance for temporary lodging, and vouchers for food and clothing.

Red Cross volunteers also responded to a fire early Monday morning on Riverside Road in Clay, but the homeowners declined Red Cross assistance.

In Minetto, a family of five (two adults and three children) was displaced early Monday morning by an electrical issue at its home on Route 24. Red Cross volunteers provided the family with financial assistance for temporary lodging and vouchers for food.
 
The 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 their 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.

FLOODING PREPS As temperatures begin to rise, Red Cross staff and volunteers are preparing to meet community needs in case of potential flooding in the coming weeks. Residents are urged to put together an emergency preparedness kit in case of evacuation, including:

 At least a 3-day supply of water and non-perishable food
 First Aid kit
• Medications
• Personal hygiene items
• Copies of personal documents
 Cell phone and chargers
 Family and emergency contact information

If a flood warning is issued, residents should head for higher ground and stay there. Stay away from flood waters; six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep a person off his feet. Do not drive on flooded roads; most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. Download the free Red Cross Flood App from iTunes or Google Play for safety tips and real time weather warnings. Additional flood safety and emergency preparedness information is available at redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood.

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 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).

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 and Twitter @OneRedCrossCNY.