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American Red Cross Provides Assistance in Aftermath of Georgetown Fire

GEORGETOWN, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 – Red Cross volunteers and staff are still on scene providing assistance to first responders and families affected by today’s fire in historic downtown Georgetown.

“Our Red Cross volunteers and staff are here and are providing assistance to the first responders and those families affected by the fire,” Nanci Conley, executive director, American Red Cross, Coastal SC Chapter, said of the 16 Red Cross workers at the fire scene. “We’ll be here as long as needed.”

Since arriving at the scene, Red Cross has provided meals and hydration for the 250 first responders. Red Cross volunteers are also assisting nine families displaced by today’s fire offering financial assistance for lodging, food and clothing along with comfort kits. Trained Red Cross mental health workers are providing disaster mental health services to those affected by the fire.

You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.. Financial donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross, 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Because of our trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 3,700 individuals and 1,200 families affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since January 1. On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit