Holiday Weekend Fires


July 6, 2010

Red Cross Helps Family of 9


Mountain Grove, MO — The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to a call for help on July 4, 2010 in Mountain Grove (Douglas County).  A member of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) met with a family of 9 including seven children ranging in ages from 16 months to age 13.  Their mobile home was completely destroyed by fire and volunteer Tammy Spencer was at the scene to offer comfort and support.  After assessing their basic emergency needs, the family was provided with temporary shelter, food and clothing. 

            Volunteers also responded to a call for a fire in Springfield (Greene County) on 7/4/2010.  Two family members experienced minor damage to their home.  Other fires over the holiday weekend occurred on 7/03/2010 in Joplin (Jasper County) and McDowell in Barry County.  Both were single family dwellings and both were destroyed. 

            The Greater Ozarks Chapter helped a total of 16 people as a result of these fires. 


 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 or join our blog at




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



Join us for the 17th Annual State Farm/Red Cross Disaster Services Open scheduled for July 24 at Branson Creek Golf Club in Hollister, MO.  For more information or to register log onto or contact Joann Moore at 832-9500, ext. 107.   





Summer-thetime of year for fun at the pool, lake and beach, but accidents canhappen if you take a vacation from safety! The Red Cross has severaltips to help you stay safe in or around the water. First, everyoneshould learn to swim and swim well! Nobody, including adults shouldever swim alone and children should always be supervised! Second,kids and adults who are not strong swimmers should wearU.S.Coast Guard approvedlife jackets anytime they are around the water. Third, if you have apool, keep basic lifesaving equipment nearby, like a ring buoy,first aid kit, and cell phone. Finally, take a first aid and CPRclass so that you can respond in the event of anemergency!











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