The Dakotas Region of the American Red Cross responded to a home fire in Underwood, MN that occurred late in the evening. A Red Cross volunteer drove to meet with the family this morning to provide assistance to 3 adults & a 7-week-old baby.
The Red Cross is providing 5-nights of shelter for the family in a Fergus Falls hotel, along with clothing and food. It appears almost all clothing and furniture in the home the family was renting is lost. Red Cross Disaster Mental Health professionals will follow up with the family to provide emotional support.
"The family has really been through a lot dealing with this home," said Red Cross Volunteer, Sonya Carlson. "Having a seven-week old to care for in the wake of a disaster is very difficult.
The family also has two yellow labs that T & A Boarding & Grooming in Fergus Falls, MN has agreed to board until the family can find more permanent housing.
The Dakotas Region responded to over 150 fires last year. Fire is everyone’s fight and the Red Cross urges people to know what steps they can take to help prevent fires.
SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES Install smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area. Put a smoke alarm inside every bedroom. Because smoke rises, put the alarms on the ceiling or high on the wall. Test the smoke alarms regularly. Install new batteries every year. Get new smoke alarms every ten years.
MAKE A PLAN The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire.