SYRACUSE, NY – Volunteers from the American Red Cross are providing immediate emergency assistance to ten Oswego County residents after two separate fires this weekend.
Red Cross assistance typically includes funding for temporary housing, food and clothing.
Specially-trained Disaster Mental Health volunteers will be available to help those affected deal with the emotional aspect of their disaster, and the families will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a long-term recovery plan.
Disaster Action Team volunteers David and Lee Webber first responded to the scene of a fire in the Sundown Trailer Park in Fulton Saturday morning, assisting three people from the trailer where the fire originated.
Two neighboring trailers were also damaged, and the Red Cross is assisting a family of four and an individual who were displaced from their respective homes.
Sunday morning, Mr. and Mrs. Webber provided temporary housing and food for two people after a fire in Constantia.
The American Red Cross has launched an initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.
The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.
As part of the Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke detectors in homes that need them.
For more information or to schedule an installation, contact the American Red Cross of Central New York at 315-234-2299 or email [email protected]