The American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa is responding to an apartment fire in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The Red Cross is setting up an emergency shelter for those affected at the Spirit Life Fellowship Church at 2504 Enterprise Avenue. Disaster Action Team members in the emergency response vehicle will also be serving food, coffee, hot chocolate and water to firefighters and other emergency workers at the scene of the apartment fire. The Disaster Action Team is a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to home fires when called upon at any time of the day or night.
The Red Cross has been told that 32 apartment units were affected, although not all were occupied at the time of the fire. Red Cross caseworkers will be available at Spirit Life Fellowship Church to work with those displaced to determine what they may need for their recovery. Based on the needs of those affected, the Red Cross typically provides blankets and warm clothing, like coats and boots, food, shelter and medications.
Spirit Life Fellowship Church
2504 Enterprise Avenue
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year – one every eight minutes – and most are home fires. There are several things people can do to protect themselves and their loved ones from fire, including:
Installing smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
Developing a fire evacuation plan with all members of the household and practicing it several times a year, at different times of the day.
Include two ways to get out of every room and consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes on the second floor or above. Pick a place outside for everyone to meet and make sure everyone knows where it is.
Removing any fire hazards from the home.
You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross invites the public to sign up to volunteer and be a part of the lifesaving work it does. The Red Cross is looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. People can go to redcross.org/ia to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.