Red Cross Shelters Joplin Fire Victims


Greater Ozarks Chapter-Joplin Office
410 S. Jackson
Joplin, MO  64801
417-624-4411
Kerstin Landwer at 417-624-4411
NEWS RELEASE
August 23, 2010
Red Cross Responds to Apartment
Building Fire in Joplin
Joplin, MO
Disaster Action Team (DAT) from the Joplin Office of the American Red Cross have responded to a two building apartment fire in Joplin.  Volunteers have been on hand to meet with victims of this disaster and are helping with temporary shelter, food and clothing.  At this time, we know that 29 units have been destroyed, and Red Cross volunteers have already opened cases for 16 of those displaced residents. 
Volunteers will continue to assess basic emergency needs of those people affected by this disaster and will also follow up with them in the days ahead.  A shelter will be established at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on 26th Street in Joplin.  The Independent Living Center at 2639 E. 34th Street in Joplin has generously provided space for Red Cross volunteers over the next three days to meet with victims of the fire and to process casework for these clients.
If you would like to contribute to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, please contact Kerstin Landwer at 417-624-4411.  To donate small quantities of food, clothing and home furnishings (in the Joplin area), please contact the Salvation Army or Crosslines who are better equipped to manage the distribution of these kinds of gifts. (Our caseworkers will be making referrals to our partner agencies in the community so that folks affected by this fire can obtain as much help as possible to begin the recovery process.)


Help people affected by disasters like apartment fires by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

 

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