SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Jan. 8, 2015) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Thursday to 12 adults who were displaced from their homes by a fire at Conifer Village Apartments in Baldwinsville.
The volunteers provided snacks and warm drinks to the tenants in the community room at the complex before most of the tenants were allowed to return to their homes. The Red Cross provided financial assistance for food, clothing and local transportation to one tenant who was not allowed to return to the building but does have a place to stay this evening.
Red Cross volunteers on the scene also provide counseling and emotional support, and they will remain available to the tenants for additional support and counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.
TWO LIFESAVING STEPS With bitter temperatures and even lower wind chills this week, 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 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
The American Red Cross of Central New York provides an average of $800 in direct financial assistance when responding to a single-family house fire affecting a family of four. Anyone wishing to help people affected by fires, floods or other disasters can donate to the Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, visiting redcross.org/cny, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to their cell phone bill.
Anyone interested in helping their community by volunteering with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team should contact the Central New York Chapter at (315) 234-2200 or visit www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.