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American Red Cross Assists 28 After Utica Apartment Fire

UTICA, N.Y. (March 17, 2014) —  The American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley provided assistance to 28 people who were displaced from their apartments by a fire on Gray Avenue in the City of Utica Monday morning.

Red Cross volunteers provided food, clothing and shelter at an area hotel for one family with seven members. The Red Cross also provided food and drinks for 21 tenants while they waited for permission to return to their apartments.

Red Cross volunteers and staff members are available to provide the displaced individuals with emotional support and counseling, and referrals to agencies that will help them with 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 always needed and anyone interested in becoming a DAT member should contact the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley at (315) 733-4666 or visit

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 or follow us on Facebook at