Disaster-trained volunteers with the American Red Cross are helping approximately 14 people after an apartment fire along Broad Street in downtown Charleston Tuesday afternoon.
Team members provided comfort kits, containing personal hygiene items, and financial assistance for immediate needs to the 14 older adults impacted. Approximately seven disaster team members were on the scene for several hours Tuesday evening to make sure residents had what they needed in the wake of the large fire.
“Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this afternoon’s fire and remain committed to helping them recover,” said Ashley Henyan, the Executive Director of the Lowcountry Chapter. “This is a reminder that fires can happen anywhere, at any time. We encourage families to check your smoke alarms and make sure you have a fire escape plan that you have practiced."
In addition to immediate needs, Red Cross team members are providing disaster mental health services to anyone that may need it. The Red Cross will continue to stay in contact with its partners to see if any additional assistance is needed.
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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 www.redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC