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American Red Cross Assists 11 After Richland, Syracuse Fires

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Jan. 14, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York has provided assistance to 11 people from four families who were displaced from their homes by fires Tuesday in Richland (Oswego County) and Syracuse.

In Richland, Red Cross volunteers provided financial assistance for lodging, local transportation, food and clothing (including shoes and seasonal garments) to six adults and two children from two families who were displaced by a fire Tuesday night at their home on Route 11.

In Syracuse, Red Cross volunteers provided financial assistance for lodging, food, clothing and local transportation to three adults from two families who were displaced by a fire Tuesday morning at their home on Turtle Street.

Red Cross volunteers will remain available to all of 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 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 redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.

TWO LIFESAVING STEPS As the bitter temperatures continue this week and home heating devices are in heavy use, it is important families and individuals remain vigilant in practicing home fire safety. The Red Cross is asking every resident to take two simple steps that can save lives: check your existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.
 
For more home fire safety tips from the Red Cross, please visit redcross.org/news/article/Its-Cold-Follow-Red-Cross-Safety-Tips-When-Heating-Your-Home.