August 17, 2010
Red Cross Helps Families Affected by Fire
Springfield, MO —Monday evening 6 members of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) for the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to a call for help after a fire broke out at the Strawberry Fields apartment complex on W. Sunshine at Kansas Expressway in Springfield.
Twelve units have been affected and the families have been helped with temporary shelter, food and clothing. Last night caseworkers met with those families to discuss and identify immediate needs resulting from this disaster. The manager of the apartment complex is also assisting in relocating the families that were affected.
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 Chris Harmon, Director of Emergency Services 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.
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.
About the American Red Cross:
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The best way to help the victims of this and other local disasters is to make financial contributions and mail to: American Red Cross 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, MO 65803.
You are invited to one of our “Crossroads to Caring” open houses that we hold each month. They are always the first Wednesday of each month. Please call me at (417) 832-9500 Ext. 105 to RSVP.
*** In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity. Generally temperatures are 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region during summer months, last for a long period of time and occur with high humidity as well.