The American Red Cross is helping 60 people, 20 of them are children, following an apartment fire early Monday morning on the 2300 block of Discovery Drive in Schaumburg. Red Cross volunteers provided immediate disaster relief—including food, a safe place to stay, health services and emotional support—for all 15 families affected by the fire.
Members of the Red Cross local Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to home fires when called upon at any time of the day or night, met with families yesterday to ensure immediate needs were met. The Red Cross is continuing to assist families today with longer-term recovery plans.
The Red Cross responds to 3 to 4 home fires every day in the Greater Chicago Region. The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan. For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/home-fire.
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @ChicagoRedCross.