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Red Cross Reports Increased Fire Response in Junction City

Families Being Assisted by Red Cross
We encourage everyone to have a fire escape plan, having a plan can help save lives.

The Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided assistance to eight people after four fires in Junction City in the past two days.

Local Red Cross volunteers responded and distributed assistance based on national guidelines to meet the immediate needs of shelter, food, and clothing for those impacted by disaster.

“We encourage everyone to have a fire escape plan,” said Lisa Biggs, Disaster Program Manager. “Having a plan can help save lives.”

MAKE A PLAN The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a place to meet outside the home in case of a fire.

Other safety steps include:

  • Follow the escape plan in case of fire. Get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and inside bedrooms.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Download the Red Cross First Aid App to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns. The app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android.
  • For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit

    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 Junction City by visiting or calling 785-234-0568.

    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, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.