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Red Cross Responds to 18 Home Fires over the Weekend in Palmetto

CHARLESTON, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 – The American Red Cross responded to 18 home fires over the weekend in the Palmetto SC Region providing disaster relief assistance to 67 individuals. The Red Cross met the immediate needs of these individuals which for many included financial assistance for lodging, food and clothing. Comfort kits with personal hygiene items were also provided as well as referrals to local partnering agencies. Red Cross will be following-up with those affected by the fires.

“Our hearts go out to all those who suffered home fires this weekend,” says Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region. “We are entering into our peak season for home fires as temperatures begin to drop. We urge everyone to become aware of what they should do to prevent a fire in their home by visiting for safety steps."

It takes an average $1,250 for Red Cross to support a family of four impacted by fire. Currently the Red Cross’ Carolina Lowcountry Chapter has an ongoing initiative called “Be A Hero For Fire Victims” aimed at ensuring families impacted by fire have the Red Cross resources available to receive much-needed support. Anyone interested in becoming a Hero For Fire Victims can make a financial contribution to the American Red Cross by visiting or by calling 764-2323.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 4,300 individuals and 1,300 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