SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Nov. 3, 2014) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Monday afternoon to seven people who were displaced by a fire at a two-family home on Cadwell Street in Syracuse.
Four adults from one unit and one adult and two children from a second unit were displaced from their homes by the fire that started around 1 p.m. Monday. Red Cross volunteers provided the tenants with financial assistance for food, clothing, transportation and shelter for up to three nights at an area hotel.
Red Cross DAT volunteers from the Central New York Chapter have responded to three fires in the past three days. On Saturday, volunteers provided food and clothing for two adults who were displaced by a fire at their home on Ridge Road in Pompey Center.
Earlier Monday, Red Cross volunteers responded to a house fire on Erie Street in Oswego. The Red Cross will offer assistance to the owner once he or she is located.
The volunteers will remain available to all of affected residents 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 www.redcross.org/ny/syracuse/volunteer.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/cny or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arccny and Twitter @OneRedCrossCNY.