(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)
Busy Holiday Weekend for Disaster-Action Team
Members at the Red Cross
Springfield, MO – The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross deployed several of their Disaster Action Team (DAT) members to fires over the holiday weekend. Four of those fires occurred on Thanksgiving Day in Greene, St. Clair and Christian Counties. A family of six lost their mobile home to a fire in Cedar County on 11/29/09 and another family of six lost their single-family home in Texas County to a fire today, 11/30/09.
DAT members respond within one hour to meet with the victims and assess their basic emergency needs which consists of temporary shelter, food, clothing and medicine. Some of the victims will also need help with replacing their eye glasses. Others will receive help with their first month’s rent. A total of 30 individuals from 10 fires were helped with emergency needs in the last 5 days.
Home fires are the most common disaster that the Red Cross responds to and also the most preventable. Families need to take a few simple precautions to avoid tragedies, such as having working smoke alarms on every level of their homes and having family fire escape plans in place to help get everyone out of the house safely.
For more information log onto the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org. Follow the link to Prepare Your Home and Family. Or call your Greater Ozarks Chapter at 866-206-0256.
DAT members are volunteers with the Greater Ozarks Chapter and have received specialized training in various aspects of disaster response, including casework interviews, damage assessment, sheltering and feeding, health services and crisis counseling. DAT members also have the full support of the chapter for additional personnel and resources if needed. For information about training to become a Red Cross volunteer, please call 866-206-0256 EXT. 200 or visit www.redcross-ozarks.org/volunteer.
American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. To help the victims of local disasters, financial contributions can be mailed to: American Red Cross, 1545 N. West Bypass Springfield, MO 65803.
Public Information Officer
Financial Development Assistant
American Red Cross
Greater Ozarks Chapter
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO. 65803
417-832-9500 EXT. 107
Toll Free: 1-866-206-0256 EXT. 107
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