The American Red Cross of Berrien County is working to raise awareness of home and renter’s insurance in the community after seeing a high number of uninsured fire victims.
Last year, the American Red Cross responded to 47 home fires and assisted 177 people in Berrien County. A staggering 94% of those fire clients reported that they did not have insurance for their homes or possessions, vastly magnifying the expense of a fire.
The Red Cross has been working with the Berrien Community Foundation to share information with apartment complexes, housing commissions, department of human services offices, and other organizations in the area in an effort to raise awareness of home and renter’s insurance.
“The Red Cross is able to help people who’ve experienced a fire with things like temporary housing, basic hygiene items, and limited financial assistance,” said Breeze Ettl, Chapter Executive of the Red Cross of Berrien and Van Buren Counties. “But when people lose everything in a fire, that’s when insurance can kick in and help replace not only the structure but also the contents that were lost. Lately, we’ve seen many people without home or renter’s insurance who experience a fire and have to start from scratch and we’re hoping to see that change.”
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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.