The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri (SOMO) helped 168 individuals following home fires during February. There were at least 61 children under the age of 18 including five infants. Nineteen of those assisted were age 60 or older.
The SOMO service area covers 29 counties. There were more than 50 fire incidents were Red Cross assistance was requested in 21 counties.
During January, 181 individuals were assisted in 22 counties.
From the areas of the SOMO service area:
Headquarters (HQ): Sixty individuals received aid; 21 were under 18 including one infant. Three people were age 60 or older. The HQ response area includes Hickory, Polk, Greene, Christian, Stone, Dallas, Laclede, Webster, and Taney counties.
Southcentral: Forty-seven individuals received aid; 19 were under 18 years old including two infants. Seven people were age 60 or older. The Southcentral response area includes Wright, Douglas, Ozark, Texas, Howell, Shannon, Oregon, Reynolds, Carter, and Ripley counties.
Southwest: Sixty-one individuals received aid; 21 were under 18 years old including two infants. Nine were age 60 or over. The Southwest response area 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 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.
— Don Underwood, Public Affairs volunteer