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Red Cross Helping 10 After Lightning Strikes in Otsego

The Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross responds to more than 600 disasters every year.

ST. CLOUD, MINN, April 24, 2016 - American Red Cross volunteers are helping 4 adults and 6 children following two house fires related to lightning strikes on the 12000 block of 76th Street NE in Otsego on Friday, April 23. The Red Cross received a call at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, to provide assistance.

Home Fire Campaign
Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. To date, the Home Fire Campaign is credited with saving 83 lives nationwide.  As part of the campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups to install smoke alarms in communities.  For example, yesterday, the Red Cross and volunteer partners helped to install smoke alarms in St. Cloud in Central Minnesota and in Columbia Heights in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit redcross.org/homefires. Download the Red Cross First Aid App at redcross.org/apps to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns. By empowering local volunteers, the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. 

HOW TO HELP
The Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross responds to more than 600 disasters every year, and most are home fires. 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. Click redcross.org/mn, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross
Download the Red Cross First Aid App at redcross.org/apps to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns. By empowering local volunteers, the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. BecomThe American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. The Minnesota Region serves 5.2 million people across Minnesota and part of western Wisconsin with offices in Duluth, Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Cloud. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mn.  Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross Minnesota Region. Follow us on Twitter: @mnredcross. The American Red Cross serving Central Minnesota serves more than 700,000 people in Benton, Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pipe, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse and Wright counties. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mn.  Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross serving Central Minnesota. a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit redcross.org/mn.