During 2014, the American Red Cross helped more people affected by home fires than all other disasters combined. Day after day and in neighborhoods from coast to coast, our biggest disaster threat isn’t from tornadoes, hurricanes and floods, but home fires.
HOME FIRES BY THE NUMBERS Nearly every 8 minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster in the community and approximately 93 percent of these are home fires.
Local volunteers in 12,500 communities across the nation responded at all hours of the day with food, blankets and comfort to help more than 211,000 people with nowhere else to turn after home fires in 2014.
The Red Cross also provided financial support to tens of thousands of households after home fires to help replace lost belongings and begin the long road to recovery.
HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN Our work doesn’t end after the smoke clears. Red Cross volunteers across the country are helping to save lives through a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years.
Since the campaign launched in October, we’ve already reached more than 29,000 people by installing more than 17,000 smoke alarms.
These efforts have already saved five lives and we hope this is only the beginning.
DISASTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY In addition to home fires, the Red Cross responded to thousands of other disasters across the country this year. Despite no major hurricanes, we responded to several notable regional disasters.
INTERNATIONAL DISASTERS In 2014, the American Red Cross assisted 5.5 million people affected by disasters in 30 countries outside of the U.S. This included:
WHERE YOU COME IN Our work is made possible by the generosity of the American public. You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables us to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters.
You can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.