It proved to be a busy morning for Oklahoma City Red Cross volunteers. On Friday, November 22, an apartment fire broke out on the city’s northwest side putting Red Cross volunteers on the ground of the apartment complex.
Volunteers provided support to the first responders. These men and women were fighting a fire in frigid temperatures and icy conditions. Volunteers made coffee and hot chocolate for some very appreciative firefighters.
The fire damaged or destroyed six units leaving six families homeless. That is a total of 15 people. Trained Red Cross case workers met with these families to assess their needs and provide immediate relief.
Assistance for fires can include a hotel stay for up to three nights, money for clothing, food and bedding and assistance with replacing life-sustaining medication. Each need and case is different.
The arctic temperatures are expected to last in Oklahoma over the next week. There tends to be an uptick in fires as temperatures drop. The Red Cross responds to an average of 70,000 disasters a year. Over 90 percent of those are home fires. Residents are advised to be smart and safe when heating a home. For some great safety tips, visit www.redcross.org/homefires.
Services provided by the Red Cross are free thanks to generous donors. If you would like to support the Red Cross and its mission in disaster relief, donations can be made by visiting redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.