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Red Cross Assists 14 After Fires in Syracuse and Williamstown

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Feb. 11, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted 14 people who were displaced from their homes by fires Tuesday night in Syracuse (Onondaga County) and Tuesday morning in Williamstown (Oswego County).

In Syracuse, Red Cross volunteers provided 10 people (five adults and five children) who were displaced from their home on Union Place with temporary lodging at an area hotel, and vouchers for food, clothing and seasonal garments. In Williamstown, Red Cross volunteers provided four adults who were displaced from their home on Little Pond Road with temporary lodging at an area hotel, and vouchers for food, clothing, seasonal garments and shoes.

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

The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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