SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 6, 2014) — The American Red Cross of Central New York will assist two families who were displaced from their homes Thursday afternoon by a fire at an apartment building at 477 James St., Syracuse.
The building has about 30 mostly individual apartment units, and Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers provided the tenants who were at home with drinks and snacks after they were evacuated and placed on a Centro bus. The fire started at about 3:30 p.m., and most of the tenants were allowed to return to their apartments at about 5:45 p.m. after National Grid restored power.
The Red Cross will provide two families who could not return to their apartments with food, clothing, lodging at an area hotel for up to three nights, and other necessities. One family consists of one adult, while the other family has one adult and children. The number of children was unknown at 6 p.m. Thursday.
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.