Last year The American Red Cross in Utah helped more people affected by home fires than all other disasters combined. Between January1st. through December 1st, local volunteers responded at all hours of the day and night with food, clothing, shelter and emotional support. In all 668 people with nowhere else to turn found the Red Cross at their doorstep ready and willing to help.
Locally, the Red Cross also provided financial support to 232 households after home fires to help replace lost belongings and begin the long road to recovery. Nationally the Red Cross responds to a disaster in the community every 8 minutes and the vast majority of these are home fires.
“While tornadoes, floods and hurricanes tend to dominate the headlines, people often underestimate the frequency and devastation caused by home fires, and that’s where the Red Cross comes in,” said Heidi Ruster Utah Region CEO. “Our work doesn’t end after the smoke clears, every day local volunteers are helping people recover and get better prepared.”
The work of the Red Cross is made possible by the generosity of the American public. You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables us to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. You can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10.00 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and other assistance to those affected by disasters.