NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
American Red Cross assists 33 people from Aug. 29-Sept. 5
Southern Missouri Region provides aid in eight of the 40 counties.
American Red Cross Southern Missouri Region, September 12, 2013 — The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross helped at least 33 people after disasters during Aug. 29-Sept. 5.
Nine single family fires in eight counties (New Madrid, Laclede, Greene, Wright, Douglas, Taney, Lawrence, Stone) required assistance for families ranging from one to seven people.
About 40 percent of the individuals had insurance on their property in the cases across the 40-county service area.
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.
Residents are urged to be Red Cross ready:
1. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
2. Install 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.
3. Talk with household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
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 disaster190 times a day.
If someone would like to support the Red Cross mission and help those in need, they can visit 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.
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