2012 Drought Makes Fire Response Heavy


Southern Missouri Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 107

Contact:  Nigel Holderby











Red Cross Prepares for Drought

With potential for higher volume of fire calls, Volunteers are needed.


American Red Cross; Southern Missouri Region 7/18/12


The American Red Cross continues to provide for the emergency needs of individuals and just last week the Southern Missouri Region responded to 10 single-family fires, 1 apartment fire and 3 wind and other weather related issues.  50 victims received aid across the 40 county Region, which would not be possible without our Disaster Action Team.


This dedicated group of volunteers is made up of individuals that respond to emergencies 24/7/365.  This means the majority of them work in the day and volunteer, if needed, when they get off work. The DAT (Disaster Action Team) members take turns being on call so they are ready to deploy to a disaster whenever the phone rings and with the recent drought, the phone has been ringing a lot!


The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska says “Missouri is at the highest risk because of its hot wind and dry grass. Sparks from any source, including cigarettes and farm equipment have caused multiple fires in these conditions.” 


Fires this summer are at an all-time high and The Red Cross is calling YOU to action! Due to the drought and fire-prone conditions we need more volunteers ready to help alleviate the suffering of victims in our communities. Whether you are already a Red Cross Volunteer, or you want to become one, you can get trained to be on our Disaster Action Team and help during this dangerous drought.


If you are not yet a volunteer with the Red Cross visit http://www.redcross-ozarks.org/volunteer/

For more information, or to register for training call the office toll free at 1-866-206-0256  EXT 143

or e-mail us at info@redcross-ozarks.org




For additional information please contact Nigel Holderby: nigel.holderby@redcross.org


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 or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.





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