American Red Cross responds to fire in downtown Prophetstown

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Red Cross volunteers on the scene were members of the Chapter’s Disaster Action Team

American Red Cross volunteers responded to a fire in downtown Prophetstown, Illinois yesterday that destroyed eight buildings.

The fire impacted several area businesses and apartments. The Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle was at the scene to provide canteen services for first responders from over 25 fire departments who responded to the fire.

Red Cross volunteers will also met with the families impacted to help coordinate assistance in the form of food, shelter, and emotional support due to fire damage to the apartments. The Red Cross assisted six families.

Between July 1, 2012 and May 31st, 2013, the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area assisted 223 families after a disaster. Last fiscal year, the Red Cross assisted 143 families total.

The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan.

  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including bedrooms.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year.
  • Have a plan in place can help you escape, including at least two ways to escape from every room of your home and a meeting spot at a safe distance from your home.
  • Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it at least twice a year.
  • Red Cross volunteers on the scene were members of the Chapter’s Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night.

    To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can click, call or text – click on donate or call (309) 743-2166 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

    The American Red Cross is a United Way Agency.