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Red Cross Responds to 142 Fires in March

Fire Safety

COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, April 7 – The American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region had a busy March assisting 426 people displaced after 142 home fires, and April hasn’t let up with 20 fires across the region in just the first four days of the month.

“March was a continuation of a busy January and February for the American Red Cross and our response to home fires across our region,” said Bill Cronin, Central SC Chapter Executive Director. “The Red Cross needs the community’s support to help so many displaced after home fires.”

After a fire the American Red Cross assists with emergency needs of those impacted including temporary lodging, food, essential hygiene items, health services, and emotional support people may need as they recover from a home fire. Peak fire season runs from October through March.

Learn more about fire safety by visiting: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/home-fire

The Red Cross needs community’s support for victims of home fires and other disasters. It takes and average of $1,250 to support a family of four impacted by fire. Anyone interested in making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross can visit www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by contacting their local Red Cross chapter at (803) 540-1240.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 1,300 people affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since Jan. 1.  On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours.  The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.

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.