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 County. All 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.
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
*** 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.
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