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Red Cross Responds to Fires in Weedsport and Liverpool

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Feb. 25, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross are assisting four people who were displaced from their homes by fires early Wednesday morning in Weedsport and early Wednesday afternoon in Liverpool.

In Weedsport (Cayuga County), Red Cross volunteers are assisting one adult and two children who were displaced from their home by a fire on Brutus Street. The volunteers are providing financial assistance for temporary lodging at an area hotel, and vouchers for food, clothing and local transportation.

In Liverpool (Onondaga County), one adult was displaced by a fire on Memphis Street. Red Cross volunteers are providing financial assistance for temporary lodging at an area hotel, and vouchers for food, clothing and medical supplies.

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 Individual and Community Preparedness Specialist Veronica Chiesi Brown at 585-241-4405 or veronica.chiesibrown@redcross.org.

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 redcross.org and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.