SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 25, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted 10 people who were displaced from their homes by three fires within a 12-hour span Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in Manlius, Syracuse and Oswego.
In Manlius, Red Cross volunteers provided financial assistance for a hotel and vouchers for food, clothing and seasonal garments to a family of three (two adults, one child) that was displaced from its home by a fire early Wednesday morning on Trout Lily Lane.
In Syracuse, Red Cross volunteers provided financial assistance for a hotel and vouchers for food to four adults who were displaced from their home by a fire Wednesday morning on East Genesee Street.
In Oswego, Red Cross volunteers assisted a family of three (two adults, one infant) following a fire Tuesday night on East Bridge Street. The volunteers provided vouchers for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, local transportation, linens, a crib, infant formula and other infant supplies.
From Sunday afternoon through Wednesday morning, the Red Cross of Central New York assisted 15 people (12 adults, three children) after five fires in Fulton and Oswego in Oswego County, Martville in Cayuga County, and Syracuse in Onondaga County. 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 or to schedule a free smoke alarm installation, contact Disaster Program Manager Maureen Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 234-2208.