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Red Cross Assists Family of Four After Central Square Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 10, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted four adults who were displaced from their home by a fire that started late Monday night on Elizabeth Street in Central Square.

The Red Cross volunteers provided the family with financial assistance for temporary lodging, and vouchers for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments and local transportation. The volunteers also provided the family with blankets and comfort kits with personal hygiene items.

From early Monday morning to late Monday night, the Red Cross assisted 14 people (10 adults, four children) after fires in Clay and Syracuse (Onondaga County), Georgetown (Madison County) and Central Square (Oswego County), and an electrical issue in Minetto (Oswego County). The Red Cross volunteers will remain available to the 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 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 or (315) 234-2208.

To support home fire survivors across the country, the American Red Cross has launched a new social media campaign called #GiveWhatFireTakes. Donors nationwide have the opportunity to support Red Cross relief efforts. For every amount raised, the Red Cross is able to provide not only recovery items for home fire survivors, but also critical fire safety training and smoke alarm installations to help prevent deaths and injuries. Visit our Crowdrise campaign page, make a direct donation on and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.