Fires on 3-30-10

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

Busy Day for Greater Ozarks Chapter

Fires in Taney, McDonald, Greene and Howell Counties

March 31, 2010

 

Springfield, MO – It was an unusually busy day for the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross as Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers responded to a number of fires on 3/30/10 including an apartment building fire in Branson (Taney County) that destroyed four units and affected six other units.  Thirty-one family members were provided with temporary shelter and food; some were provided with help for clothing. 

          Volunteers also responded to fires in Anderson (McDonald County), Springfield (Greene County) and Willow Springs in Howell CountyAll three families lost their primary residence and a total of 8 family members were helped with temporary shelter, food and clothing. 

          Disaster Action Team volunteers respond within one hour after receiving a call from the Fire Department.  They are there to assess emergency needs and to offer emotional support to those people who have experienced a devastating loss.  Volunteers will follow-up with the families and in some situations, provide help with first month’s rent.  

 

You can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.  The American Red Cross honors donor intent.  Donations can be sent to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C.  20013, or made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org

 

 

 

Joann Moore

Public Information Officer

Financial Development Assistant

American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks Chapter

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO.  65803

417-832-9500  EXT. 107

Fax 417-866-3649

Toll Free: 1-866-206-0256 EXT. 107

moorej@redcross-ozarks.org

 

                   

     

*** Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters.Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain forseveral hours or days that saturate the ground. Flash floods occursuddenly due to rapid rising water along a stream or low lying area.

Click on the linkhttp://www.redcross.org/BeRedCrossReady for moreinformation!

       

 

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