Red Cross aids nearly 500 in Southern Missouri counties

Fire The Southern Missouri Region (SOMO) of the American Red Cross helped nearly 500 individuals from late April through June in its 40-county service area. There were at least 170 children under the age of 18, including 17 infants. Sixty-four of those assisted were age 60 or older.

There were nearly 200 incidents involving house fires, flooding and tornadoes in 32 counties. The Southeast Area (SEMO) saw over 100 incidents; mostly from flooding and tornadoes around April 30th and focused in New Madrid, Dunklin and Cape Girardeau counties.

From the separate areas of the SOMO region:

Regional Headquarters Area (RHQ): 74 individuals received aid; 27 were under 18 years old, four were infants, seven were age 60 or over. RHQ serves nine counties with offices in Springfield and Lebanon; and includes Hickory, Polk, Greene, Christian, Stone, Dallas, Laclede, Webster, and Taney counties.

Southcentral Area (SCMO): 54 individuals received aid; 24 were under 18 years old, four were age 60 or over. SCMO serves 10 counties from the office in West Plains; and includes Wright, Douglas, Ozark, Texas, Howell, Shannon, Oregon, Reynolds, Carter, and Ripley counties.

Southeast Area (SEMO): 266 individuals received aid; 85 were under 18 years old; six were infants, 46 were age 60 or over. SEMO serves 11 counties from the office in Cape Girardeau; and includes Wayne, Butler, Perry, Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Stoddard, Dunklin, Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid and Pemsicot counties.

Southwest Area (SWMO): 88 individuals received aid; 41 were under 18 years old, seven were infants, seven were age 60 or over. SWMO serves 10 counties with offices in Nevada and Joplin; and includes Vernon, Barton, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, St. Clair, Cedar, Dade, Lawrence, and Barry counties.

The people affected were provided a place to stay, money for clothes, food and medicine. Along with providing casework for the residents in a quick and efficient time frame, Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide support to these families going forward, by doing follow up work to ensure all needs are met and the individuals have a clear path to recovery from this personal disaster.

Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in structures with no working smoke alarms. On a national average, Red Cross workers help a family affected by a home fire or other disaster 190 times a day.

If someone would like to support the Red Cross mission and help those in need, they can visit, 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 or join our blog at


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