COLUMBIA, MISS., MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014– Disaster action team members from the American Red Cross South Mississippi Chapter are responding to a four-unit apartment fire at the West Avenue Apartment Complex in Columbia, Miss. Red Cross caseworkers are meeting with the five affected individuals tonight to help identify individual needs and provide services. Red Cross is providing lodging for the families this evening.
The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan.
o Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including bedrooms.
o Test smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year.
o Have a plan in place can help you escape, including at least two ways to escape from every room of your home and a meeting spot at a safe distance from your home.
o Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it at least twice a year.
o According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit redcross.org/mississippi.
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free and made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of disaster events in Mississippi and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to American Red Cross Mississippi Region Disaster Relief which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. To make contributions, call 800-RED-CROSS or donate online at redcross.org/mississippi
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross Mississippi Region shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supports the supply of about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mississippi, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.