The American Red cross met with dozens of people to provide assistance after an apartment complex fire in Williston, North Dakota. The fire was reported in the early morning hours of September 6, 2018.
According to fire officials, flames were already coming through the roof when they arrived on scene. The wind was blowing, which caused the fire to spread quickly through the building’s attic space.
Working alongside emergency management officials in Williams County, all residents were able to find safe shelter at a local hotel. Red Cross volunteers set up a Client Assistance Center to help meet the immediate needs of those displaced by the fire. The Red Cross helped more than 20 families, including 37 adults and 13 children.
Individuals and families who accepted help from the Red Cross received financial assistance to help cover the cost of food, clothing and other essential items lost in the fire. The Red Cross offers mental health support to those affected, and also assigns a caseworker to help map out a recovery plan. Then, we connect individuals and families with other resources and organizations in the community who can help.
Thanks to local volunteers and donations from the public, all American Red Cross services are free. Monetary donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters such as home fires.
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