LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2, 2021 — The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region experienced a busy October this year as compared to September, responding to 20 home fire events during the course of 31 days.
Home fires account for 90 percent of all disaster responses, and for the month of October, Red Cross volunteers provided 110 people support and guidance through their disaster recovery journey. In addition, they supported firefighters with water and snacks as they battled a three-alarm fire in Covina.
“Every second counts when there’s a home fire,” said Thomas Hill, Regional Disaster Officer for Red Cross Los Angeles. “As cold weather months approach and you start to use heating equipment to stay warm, help protect your loved ones by testing your smoke alarms and practicing your two-minute escape plan.”
Every day, people are forced from their homes due to fires, storms and other disasters. Trained and available volunteers are ready to respond to these emergencies, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. From offering a caring and compassionate ear, to meeting any immediate needs for shelter or supplies, to connecting people with long term recovery services, our volunteers ensure that families do not have to face tough times alone.
Red Cross volunteers have been trained to maintain social distancing and follow proper safety procedures to continue serving communities impacted by local disasters, during the coronavirus outbreak.