SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Jan. 24, 2013) — The American Red Cross of Central New York has provided assistance to nine people from three families who were displaced from their homes by three fires in Onondaga County within a 28-hour period from early Thursday morning to early Friday morning.
On Friday morning, Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers provided lodging at an area hotel for up to three nights, food, clothing and shoes to two adults who lost their home on Otisco Street in Syracuse. That fire started at about 6:30 a.m.
On Thursday, Red Cross volunteers provided food, clothing, shoes and seasonal garments to two adults were displaced from their home on Maple Road in Clay by a fire that started at about 10:30 a.m. And earlier Thursday morning, Red Cross volunteers provided food and clothing to four adults and one child who lost their home on Roswell Avenue in Nedrow.
The families from Clay and Nedrow have been staying with family members and not require lodging from the Red Cross.
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.