February 4, 2011 NEWS RELEASE
Red Cross Responds to Several Fires
Springfield, MO – Before the onset of the winter storm that created havoc in the Ozarks, many volunteers (over 100) were placed on stand-by and were ready to respond in the event of people needing emergency assistance. Shelters were placed on standby and eventually three were opened and closed within 3 days.
While some volunteers stood by, many others were still out responding to several fires that occurred. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers responded to four fires in Greene County, helping a total of 13 people begin a recovery process.
On Wednesday, Feb. 3, within a two hour period, DAT volunteers were dispatched to respond to 6 fires in Greene, Polk, Dallas, Lawrence and Taney counties. About 20 people were helped with temporary shelter, food, and clothing. Compassionate volunteers also provide emotional support to the folks who have just experienced a devastating loss.
Your American Red Cross is committed to providing relief to victims of disasters and helping people to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For information on preparedness, log onto www.redcross.org. If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the Disaster Action Team, contact your Greater Ozarks Chapter Office at 866-206-0256.
The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.
American Red Cross
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO 65803
417-832-9500, ext. 107
Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.
. … Click on the link www.redcross.org/BeRedCrossReady and GET PREPARED!