Red Cross Responds to a String of Fires in the Myrtle Beach Area during the Month of March
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Monday, April 1, 2013 – The Red Cross was very busy responding to home fires during the month of March. In Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties alone, the Red Cross responded to the needs of 97 families, providing immediate relief to 211 people.
“We prepare year-round to be ready in a moment’s notice and that was definitely the case last month,” said Nanci Conley, executive director, American Red Cross, Coastal SC Chapter. “It is because of our volunteers and donors that we are able to provide structure in the chaos, comfort in the confusion and hope for the future each and every day after disasters strike in our community.”
Home fires are the biggest disaster threat to people across the country – from the large apartment fire at Windsor Green in Carolina Forest that destroyed over 100 units, to the three single-family fires that the Red Cross responded to in the Myrtle Beach area this weekend, affecting 11 people. Each fire is devastating, and the Red Cross is there to meet the immediate needs that families have for temporary shelter, food, clothing and health and mental health services.
Just as the Red Cross prepares year-round, the organization also recommends community members and businesses to have a plan and to be prepared in the event of a fire.
The Red Cross recommends taking some of the following steps:
• Install smoke alarms on each level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside of sleeping areas.
• Use the test button to test each smoke alarm once a month. All smoke alarm batteries need to be replaced once a year.
• Have a fire escape plan that includes at least two escape routes from every room in the home and chose a convenient meeting place at a safe distance from your home.
• Practice your escape plan at least twice a year with all household members.
• Click here for more information on fire preparedness.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit Redcross.org/coastalsc.