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Red Cross Assists Nine After Two Onondaga County Fires

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Feb. 9, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted nine people from two families who were displaced from their homes by fires Sunday in Minoa and LaFayette.

In Minoa, a family of six (three adults, three children) was displaced from its home by a fire late Sunday afternoon on South Main Street. Red Cross volunteers provided the family with temporary lodging at an area hotel, and vouchers for food and local transportation.

In LaFayette, a family of three (two adults, one child) was displaced from its home by a fire late Sunday night on Buffalo Hill Road. Red Cross volunteers provided the family with temporary lodging at an area hotel, and vouchers for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, local transportation and infant supplies.

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 veronica.chiesibrown@redcross.org.

To support home fire survivors across the country, the American Red Cross has launched a new social media campaign called #GiveWhatFireTakes. Donors nationwide have the opportunity to support Red Cross relief efforts. For every amount raised, the Red Cross is able to provide not only recovery items for home fire survivors, but also critical fire safety training and smoke alarm installations to help prevent deaths and injuries. Visit our Crowdwise campaign page, make a direct donation on redcross.org and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.

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.