August 30, 2010
Fires on the Rise
Red Cross is There!
Springfield, MO – Perhaps it’s the very warm weather we have experienced in the Ozarks or maybe a stream of unfortunate circumstances, but the number of fires the Red Cross has responded to lately is unusual for this time of the year. In addition to the devastating apartment building fires, especially the most recent in Joplin, volunteers are on the scene lately for an average of two fires per day. We can only hope this is not an indication of how bad things will be this winter, when fires are definitely more prevalent. At the present time the Greater Ozarks Chapter responds to the emergency needs of people affected by disasters in 29 counties in So. Missouri.
Since August 18, 2010, a period of 12 days, Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers have responded to 20 fires that occurred in 12 counties with five of those fires taking place in Greene County. Thirteen of those fires destroyed the homes completely. The Red Cross helped 56 people with temporary shelter, food, clothing and medicine.
On August 16, 2010, the chapter was able to help a family of four who experienced major damage to their single-family home in Sarcoxie, MO. Volunteers assisted the family with comfort kits, teddy bears, food, shoes and clothing and motel room expenses for three nights. The father is stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan. The family so desperately needed him at home and the Service to Armed Forces Department of the Greater Ozarks Chapter, at the request of the wife, proceeded to get a message to the military command and he was able to get leave from Afghanistan and return home to take care of his family. The mission of the Red Cross is to provide relief to victims of disaster and to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. But they are also there to keep military families connected in times of emergencies. The chapter is pleased they were able to help this family begin their recovery process, as well as re-unite the family.
It’s not even fire season yet!
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Greater Ozarks Chapter
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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!