June 9, 2010
Red Cross Helps Families Affected by Fire
Springfield, MO —Early Wednesday morning members of the Disaster Action Team (DAT), Dawn Stoll and Kathy Dennis, for the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to a call for help after a fire broke out on East Kearney in Springfield at a building which had been converted into apartments.
Five units have been affected and at this time two of the families have been helped with temporary shelter, food and clothing. Today, caseworkers will meet with two more of those families to discuss and identify immediate needs resulting from this disaster.
The American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Chapter strives to ensure that families affected by disaster have all of their basic emergency needs met after being faced with a disaster. “Our mission remains to provide relief for victims of disaster and to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies” said Joann Moore, Public Relations representative for the local chapter.
For information on disaster preparedness, log onto www.redcross-org or contact your local chapter office at 866-206-0256. Representatives are available to do presentations on the mission of the Red Cross and educate individuals on disaster preparedness.
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 or join our blog at http://blog.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
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