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American Red Cross aids 20 in Jasper County

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American Red Cross aids 20 in Jasper County

Residents in 11 counties impacted across the 40-county area Oct. 1-17.

American Red Cross Southern Missouri Region, October 23, 2013 — The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross helped at least 20 individuals in Jasper County from Oct. 1-17.

The county experienced four single family fires out of the 13 single family fires across the 40-county service area during the period. At least 11 counties suffered single family fires. Families ranged from one person households to several with at least six. The families in the Jasper fires ranged from four to six members.

Individuals had insurance on their property in about a third of the cases.

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 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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