2011 November Fire Response

Greater Ozarks Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 1107

Contact: Nigel Holderby

holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

AMERICAN RED CROSS RESPONDS TO 40 HOME FIRES IN NOVEMBER

Greater Ozarks Region; 12/7/11 – Local American Red Cross volunteers
responded to 39 single family fires and 1 apartment fire in the month of
November. A team of Red Cross volunteers helped coordinate assistance in
the form of food, shelter, and emotional support due to fire damage to
their homes. Last year, the Greater Ozarks Region responded to 489
residential fires.

“We're deeply saddened for those affected by each and every fire that we
respond to” said Chris Harmon, Chief Emergency Services Officer. “As we
continue to provide support to those affected, we also encourage others
to take action to minimize the risk of a home fire.”

The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and
loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan.

* Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in
half according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
* Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including
bedrooms.
* Test smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least
once a year.
* Have a plan in place can help you escape, including at least two
ways to escape from every room of your home and a meeting spot at a safe
distance from your home.
* Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it
at least twice a year.

Red Cross volunteers on the scene were members of the Chapter's Disaster
Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the
scene of a local disaster when called upon at any time of the day or
night.

For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit
www.redcross.org/homefires or www.redcross-ozarks.org

To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people
affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States
and around the world, people can click, call or text –
www.redcross-ozarks.org, call 1-866-3649, or text the word REDCROSS to
90999 to make a $10 donation.

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
<http://www.redcross.org/> or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org
<http://blog.redcross.org/> .

K. Nigel Holderby

Chief Communications Officer

American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO. 65803

(417) 832-9500 ext 107 (p)

(866) 206-0256 (toll free)

(417) 207-6349 (c)

(417) 866-3649 (f)

holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

<http://www.redcross.org/gifts>

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