SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Nov. 5, 2014) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New York provided assistance Wednesday afternoon to 11 people from three families who were displaced by from their homes by fires in Syracuse and Jordan that both started at around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
In Syracuse, one adult and three children from one unit and three adults from a second unit were displaced by a fire at their two-family home on Cherry Street. For the family with three children, Red Cross volunteers provided financial assistance for food, clothing and transportation (the family has a place to stay). For the family with three adults, Red Cross volunteers provided financial assistance for food, transportation and lodging at an area hotel for up to three nights.
In Jordan, a family of four (two adults and two children) was displaced after a fire completely destroyed its home on Lawrence Street. Red Cross volunteers provided the family with financial assistance for food, clothing, shoes and seasonal garments (the family has a place to stay).
The volunteers will remain available to all of the affected residents for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.
Red Cross DAT volunteers from the Central New York Chapter have responded to five fires in five days (four in Onondaga County and one in Oswego County). The Red Cross has provided assistance to a total of 21 people (14 adults, seven children) who were displaced from their homes by those fires.
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.