Pee Dee Chapter Helps Family in Hartsville after Mobile Home Fire

Red Cross responding to home fire
The Red Cross will continue to be there for this family and our community through this difficult time.

The American Red Cross is meeting the immediate needs of the family affected by yesterday’s tragic mobile home fire in Hartsville.

The Red Cross is providing emotional support, temporary housing and financial assistance to replace food and clothing that were lost in the fire. The Red Cross gave the family comfort kits that included hygiene items, as well as referrals to partner agencies to assist in long-term recovery.

“Our hearts go out to the family,” said Linda Boone-Smith, executive director, American Red Cross, Pee Dee Chapter. “The Red Cross will continue to be there for this family and our community through this difficult time.”

This year, the Red Cross has been busy responding to home fires in the Pee Dee area. Since January 1, 2013, in the Pee Dee Chapter alone, the Red Cross has responded to the needs of 108 families, providing immediate relief to 314 adults and children.

Home fires are the biggest disaster threat to people across the country. Each fire is devastating, and the Red Cross is there to meet the immediate needs that families have for temporary shelter, food, clothing and health and mental health services.

Just as the Red Cross prepares year-round, the organization also recommends community members and businesses to have a plan and to be prepared in the event of a fire. The Red Cross recommends taking some of the following steps:

  • Install smoke alarms on each level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Use the test button to test each smoke alarm once a month. All smoke alarm batteries need to be replaced once a year.
  • Have a fire escape plan that includes at least two escape routes from every room in the home and chose a convenient meeting place at a safe distance from your home.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year with all household members.
  • Click here for more information on fire preparedness.
  • The Pee Dee Chapter serves Chesterfield, Dillon, Darlington, Marlboro, Florence and Marion counties and is part of the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region.

    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. You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting redcross.org/PeeDee or by calling (843) 662-8121. Financial donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross, 1601-A West Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501.