The Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided assistance to more than 12 people after four fires in Emporia since December 9.
Red Cross volunteers from Emporia responded and distributed assistance based on national guidelines to meet the immediate needs of shelter, food, and clothing for those impacted by disaster.
“We need to remind people to be cautious once the temperatures start to dip,” said Lisa Biggs, Disaster Program Manager. “Heating sources are the leading cause of cold-weather fires but there are steps everyone can take to reduce the risk.”
The Red Cross offers these fire prevention tips:
For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit redcross.org/homefires.
The Red Cross relies on volunteers who make it possible to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters nationwide every year, most of them home and apartment fires. Find out about volunteer needs in Emporia by visiting redcross.org/ks/volunteer or calling 620-342-4211.
The Red Cross depends on the generous support of residents to be ready to respond and help our neighbors who are affected by home fires. You can help provide relief from disasters like home fires by making a tax-deductible donation today. To make a financial donation please visit redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.