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Cold weather keeps volunteers busy

Heart of Missouri Red Cross, Vintage Poster
It'sgiven us the opportunity to engage a lot of volunteers, especially ones that have just taken the training.

Arctic weather during January caused many households across Mid-Missouri to supplement their heating systems with alternative sources, but there are times when those extra units malfunction.

Some of those incidents led chapter volunteers to respond to 23 fire calls during the month.

“This isn’t an usual amount of fires or responses for this time of year and this type of weather,” said Phillip Iman, a chapter disaster specialist. “It is a lot of fires and a lot of responses, but by the same token, it’s in relation to the extreme weather we’ve had. I urge everyone to take precautions.”

Chapter volunteers responded to 21 single-family fires and two multi-family fires in 14 counties during January. Volunteers also followed up with one family in Cole County.

In a span of 10 days during January, the chapter responded to 14 single-family fires and two multi-family fires. Volunteers assisted 68 clients in those 10 days.

“It’s given us the opportunity to engage a lot of volunteers, especially ones that have just taken the training,” Iman said

Boone, Phelps, Crawford and Dent counties received most of the attention in January.

Volunteers assisted 21 new clients in Boone County after responding to one single-family fire and two multi-family fires. There were four single family fires and 17 new clients in Phelps County.

Dent and Crawford counties each had three single-family fires. Volunteers assisted 12 new clients in Dent County and seven new clients in Crawford County.

Overall in January, the chapter assisted 87 new clients.

County responses:

  • Audrain County – 1 single-family fire; assisted new 3 clients; provided additional client assistance
  • Boone County - 1 single-family fire; 2 multi-family fires; assisted 21 new clients
  • Chariton County – 1 single-family fire; assisted 2 new clients
  • Cole County – followed up with 1 family
  • Crawford County – 3 single-family fires; assisted 7 new clients
  • Dent County – 3 single-family fires; assisted 12 new clients
  • Howard County – 1 single-family fire; assisted 7 new clients
  • Maries County – 1 single-family fire; assisted 1 new client
  • Miller County – 1 single-family fire; assisted 2 new clients
  • Moniteau County – 1 single-family fire; assisted 2 new clients
  • Morgan County – 1 single-family fire; assisted 2 new clients
  • Phelps County – 4 single-family fires; 17 new clients
  • Pulaski County – 1 single-family fire; assisted 2 new clients
  • Randolph County – 1 single-family fire; assisted 4 new clients
  • Saline County – 1 single-family fire; assisted 5 new clients
  • Summary– 21 single-family fires; 2 multi-family fires; 25 new cases opened; assisted 87 new clients