[Slidell, LA] September 7, 2015 — Red Cross volunteers were called to the scene of a fire at the Act 10 Apartments in Slidell, LA early Sunday morning. An estimated 30 units were affected, with many of them being destroyed. Residents displaced by the fire were transported to the Slidell Auditorium where four Red Cross volunteers conducted case work with 13 families. Volunteers will continue to provide assistance, care and comfort to additional families impacted by this fire in the coming days.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States – and the vast majority are home fires. When a home fire occurs, Red Cross volunteers are dispatched to the scene to work with the affected families, ensuring their immediate needs are met. This includes emergency sheltering, food, clothing and comfort for their neighbors in need.
Red Cross urges its neighbors to prepare and protect themselves and their loved ones and increase their chances of surviving a fire by taking several safety steps:
· Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day.
• Include two ways to get out of every room and consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes on the second floor or above.
• Pick a place outside for everyone to meet and make sure everyone knows where it is.
• Practice that home fire drill until everyone in the household can do it in less than two minutes.
· Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.