Red Cross Volunteers Have a Busy Day

Five Separate Home Fires Leave Nearly 20 People in Need.
 American Red Cross Southern Missouri Region, January 24, 2013 — The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross has helped nearly 20 people with financial assistance and support across its 40 county service area during what has been one of our busiest days this year. Red Cross is providing the families a place to stay for the next several days as well as emergency replacement of clothes, food and any medicines or eyeglasses.
A fire in Texas County, resulting in the tragic loss of one young life, will be the focus of a Red Cross Condolence Team that will go tomorrow to work with the family in their time of grief. The team will also take care of making arrangement for monetary funeral assistance.
 Along with providing the emergency response and casework for the residents Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide support going forward to these families by doing follow up work to ensure all needs are met and the individuals have a clear path to recovery from these very devastating personal disasters.
As we continue to provide disaster relief throughout our community we encourage people to remember that if a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
Be sure that you have a smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries at least once a year. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in structures with no working smoke alarms. Talk with household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

If someone would like to support the Red Cross mission and help those in need, they can visit http://www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
For additional information please contact Nigel Holderby: nigel.holderby@redcross.org
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