Red Cross Helps 81 Fire Victims In One Week
From A Press Release
The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross helped 81 people with financial assistance and support across its 40 county service area from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17. Almost $12,000 in direct monetary aid was provided in just one week!
All of the incidents were single family fires. The highest incidents were three fires in both Greene and Jasper counties involving 9 and 10 clients respectively. Assistance was provided in 15 separate counties.
The people affected were provided a place to stay, money for clothes, food and medicine. Along with providing casework for the residents in a quick and efficient time frame, Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide support to these families going forward, by doing follow up work to ensure all needs are met and the individuals have a clear path to recovery from this personal disaster.
January is Fire Prevention Month and residents are urged to be Red Cross ready:
1. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
2. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
3. Talk with household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in structures with no working smoke alarms. On a national average, Red Cross workers help a family affected by a home fire or other disaster 190 times a day.
If someone would like to support the Red Cross mission and help those in need, they can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.