The American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa is responding to an apartment fire in the 900 block of 6th Street in Nevada, Iowa. Red Cross disaster volunteers are setting up an emergency shelter for those displaced by the fire at First United Methodist Church (1036 7th Street.) Volunteers will be available Friday morning to meet one-on-one with those who may have other immediate needs because of the fire. Based on the needs of those affected, the Red Cross typically provides a warm and safe place to stay, clothing, toiletries and medications.
First United Methodist Church
1036 7th Street
Nevada, IA 50201
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.
o 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.
Every day, fire takes something, often leaving the people involved with only the clothes on their backs. To support home fire survivors across the country, the American Red Cross launched a new social media campaign this month called #GiveWhatFireTakes, in conjunction with the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. You can help by taking part in the #GiveWhatFireTakes campaign and make a donation that could support families after a home fire and other disasters. Whether you form a team or fundraise as an individual, Crowdrise puts you on the front lines of fundraising for home fire prevention and recovery. We even helped provide easy goals to help fundraise through your networks. A new donation page on redcross.org allows you to choose a support amount based on how much you can give. Donation levels represent a range of items that the Red Cross typically provides after a fire. Visit our Crowdrise campaign page, make a direct donation on redcross.org and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.