DULUTH, Minn., May 16, 2016 – Local American Red Cross volunteers are helping a family of five, including two adults and three children, after a home fire on Harrison St. in Superior, WI.
“After disasters like home fires, Red Cross volunteers meet with those affected and provide assistance for their immediate needs, such as shelter, food, clothing and replacement medications,” said Dan Williams, Executive Director for the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota. “Volunteers also comfort and listen to those in need, helping them with long-term recovery planning and connecting them with community resources.”
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 more than 90 lives nationwide. As part of the campaign the Red Cross is joining fire departments and community groups to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires.
The Red Cross is asking every household to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit redcross.org/mn/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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
By empowering local volunteers, the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. Become a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit redcross.org/mn.
The Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross responds to more than 600 disasters every year, 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. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota, 2524 Maple Grove Rd., Duluth, MN 55811.