American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting 29 residents of Lakeshore Village Apartments on Garners Ferry Road in Columbia after a fire damaged the structure late last night. The Red Cross is helping 21 adults and 8 children by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, temporary lodging, and other essentials, comfort kits containing personal hygiene items, and referrals to partner agencies to assist with their recovery.
The Red Cross is asking people to take two simple steps that can help save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day. Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries when needed.
RED CROSS APPS: People can learn how to help prevent a home fire and what to do if one occurs by downloading the Red Cross Emergency App. Children can earn points and incentives in a fun, gaming environment while learning how to prevent a home fire and other emergencies in the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App. The First Aid App provides expert advice including what to do for burns, broken bones, and breathing and cardiac emergencies. The apps can be downloaded for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
Every 3.9 hours in South Carolina the Red Cross responds to help a family after a home fire. But it is important to remember behind these statistics are individual families that rely on their neighbors for help. A gift during Midlands Gives on Tuesday, May 3 can provide urgent relief like a day’s worth of food, plus blankets and other essentials, to people affected by disasters, like this apartment fire.
Imagine the impact if every American gave enough to give just one family a little hope and relief in a time of tragedy. The Red Cross is asking the public to turn compassion into action and support Red Cross during Midlands Gives to change the story of a single family in their time of need.
To help neighbors affected by disasters become a Red Cross volunteer or make a financial contribution to Red Cross by calling 803-540-1200 or visiting www.redcross.org/SC.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; 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 mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC.