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Red Cross Responds to Multiple Unit Apartment Fire in Port Arthur

Red Cross Assisting 3 Families in Orleans County Following Fires
“Disasters can strike at any time and being prepared is a family’s best defense,” said Sharon Tyler, Executive Director, Beaumont Chapter, American Red Cross.

Port Arthur,Texas, September 1, 2014 -- The American Red Cross is currently helping victims of an early morning apartment fire at the Shire Apartments at 4900 Highway 365 in Port Arthur. Red Cross workers responded to the scene to provide immediate help following the fire affecting multiple units.

Through the generous donations in your community, the American Red Cross provided the means to replace damaged belonging to help the families begin their personal recovery. September 1st starts National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross Beaumont Chapter is encouraging all households to create a family disaster plan to make sure they are ready for the next emergency or disaster. Plans should include designating a meeting place right outside the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire such as this one, an out-of-area emergency contact person and a location where everyone should meet if they can't go home. All members of the household should work together on the emergency plan and each person should know how to reach each other.

“Disasters can strike at any time and being prepared is a family’s best defense,” said Sharon Tyler, Executive Director, Beaumont Chapter, American Red Cross. “Making a plan and downloading American Red Cross preparedness apps through iPhone or Android systems are an important step in making sure all household members know what to do in an emergency.”

Our disaster response services area typically provided by volunteers from your community. Those who are interested in becoming a member of our Disaster Action Team, please visit redcross.org/TX/Beaumont.

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@RedCross.