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Red Cross assists 81 people in Southern Missouri during October


American Red Cross of Southern Missouri, Nov. 12, 2015 — The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri (SOMO) has begun using a smoke alarm installation hotline even as it helped 81 individuals following home fires in October. There were at least 30 children under the age of 18 including two infants. Five of those assisted were age 60 or older.

The SOMO service area covers 29 counties. There were about 25 fire incidents were Red Cross assistance was requested in 14 counties.

As part of the Red Cross national program to install more smoke alarms in residences, the Southern Missouri chapter has initiated a smoke alarm installation hotline. You may call 417-862-5496 and leave a message with your contact information. A Red Cross volunteer will contact you when an installation is scheduled for your area.

During October, 68 smoke alarms were installed in the Southern Missouri chapter.

From the SOMO service areas:
Headquarters (HQ): 39 individuals received aid; 12 were under 18 years old with two being infants. Four people were age 60 or older. The HQ response area includes Hickory, Polk, Greene, Christian, Stone, Dallas, Laclede, Webster, and Taney counties.
Southcentral: 20 individuals received aid; nine were under 18 years old. The Southcentral response area includes Wright, Douglas, Ozark, Texas, Howell, Shannon, Oregon, Reynolds, Carter, and Ripley counties.
Southwest: 22 individuals received aid; nine were under 18 years old. One person was 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.
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