UTICA, N.Y. (March 9, 2014) — The American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley provided assistance to 12 people from two families who were displaced from their home by a fire Sunday morning in Utica.
Red Cross volunteers and staff members provided food, clothing and shelter at an area hotel for one family with two adults and four children. The Red Cross also provided food, clothing and shelter at an area hotel for a second family with two adults and four children.
Red Cross volunteers and staff members are available to provide the displaced 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 www.redcross.org/ny/utica/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/mohawkvalley or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanRedCrossMohawkValley.