The American Red Cross is helping more than two dozen families after a large fire in Mandan, ND. The fire happened at the Sunset Bluffs apartment complex on Sunday, July 14, and emergency officials worked to put out the flames in 90-plus degree heat and humidity.
The Red Cross is meeting with individuals and families affected by the fire to offer financial assistance, connect them with a volunteer caseworker who can help create a recovery plan, and get folks in touch with other organizations in the community who can help. As of July 22, the Red Cross had provided assistance to more than 30 of the impacted families, more than 6 dozen people so far. This number may fluctuate as people are able to gauge what was lost and assess their needs.
A temporary evacuation center was set up at the Mandan Middle School on Sunday afternoon. Red Cross volunteers were there to help. People affected by the fire came for a safe place to stay, bottled water, and to get out of the heat. Be A Good Neighbor provided funding to get individuals and families hotel rooms for Sunday night.
How to Help
We know that people are generous and want to do everything they can to help. The first priority for the Red Cross is to provide shelter and support to those affected. In disasters such as the fire in Mandan, the Red Cross meets with each individual and family to assess their needs and offer financial assistance.
- The Red Cross does not accept donations of clothing and household items – it takes time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute donated items. When possible, the Red Cross partners with organizations that manage donations of goods.
- After receiving an overwhelming amount of donations - including clothing, toiletries, household items, and furniture - The Blackstone Hotel in Mandan has established a Facebook page to help streamline information about needs and donation inquiries. Anyone who wants to help is encouraged to follow this page.
- Aid, Inc. in Mandan is also helping people affected and will be managing the distribution of donations from the public. You can contact Aid, Inc. directly or learn more on their website.
Before collecting or dropping off donations of clothing or household items, please call the organization to see if these items are needed. The Red Cross might accept large, bulk donations of new items if they fit the needs of people affected.
Your financial donations are key because they fund nearly 100 percent of our disaster relief activities. A donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance, as well as supporting the vehicles, warehouses and people that make this help possible.
If you've been affected by a disaster and need assistance,
call our 24-hour disaster relief hotline at 1-844-29CROSS (1-844-292-7677).