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American Red Cross Assists Families After Hastings House Fire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Jan. 12, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York are providing assistance and support today to 10 people from three families who were displaced from their home by a tragic fire Sunday night on Ball Road in Hastings.

Red Cross volunteers are providing four adults and six children with lodging at an area hotel, and financial assistance for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments and other necessities. 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.

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

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

Anyone wishing to help people affected by fires, floods or other disasters can donate to the American Red Cross of Central New York Disaster Relief Fund by calling 315-234-2200, visiting, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to their cell phone bill.