American Red Cross Assists Family of Four After Cortland Fire

CORTLAND, N.Y. (Feb. 18, 2014) — Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross of Cortland County provided assistance Tuesday morning to a family with two adults and two children who were displaced from their home after a fire on Kingsley Avenue in Cortland.

The Red Cross provided the family with lodging at an area hotel for up to three nights. Each person also received food, clothing and other personal items. Red Cross volunteers remain available to provide the tenants with emotional support, counseling, and referrals to agencies that will help them with their long-term recovery.

It was the second fire in four days in the city of Cortland, and the American Red Cross of Cortland County assisted a total of seven people after 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 always needed and anyone interested in becoming a DAT member should contact the American Red Cross of Cortland County at (607) 753-1182 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/cortland or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanRedCrossCortlandCounty.