The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross has helped 116 people with financial assistance and support across its 40 county service area during the first half few weeks of January, 2013. Numbers provided for Dec. 28 to Jan. 10.
All of the incidents were single family fires except for a multifamily fire in Greene County in Southwest Missouri involving three separate cases and a total of 16 individuals. Assistance was provided in over 11 separate counties.
The people affected were provided a place to stay, money for clothes, food and medicine. Along with providing casework for the residents in a quick and efficient time frame, Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide support going forward to these families by doing follow up work to ensure all needs are met and the individuals have a clear path to recovery from this personal disaster.
January is Fire Prevention Month and residents are urged to be Red Cross ready:
1. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
2. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
3. Talk with household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in structures with no working smoke alarms.
If someone would like to support the Red Cross mission and help those in need, they can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
For additional information please contact Nigel Holderby: firstname.lastname@example.org