Out of the 40 county area people in 17 counties need our help last month.
American Red Cross Southern Missouri Region, May 8, 2013 — The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross helped more than 120 individuals across many of the counties in its 40-county service area during a five-week period in April.
There were more than 30 incidents of single family fires from March 29 through April 30. In addition there were at least two multi-family fires and several instances of flooding. More than 50 cases were opened in 17 counties. Families ranged from one person households to some with seven or more.
Greene County had the greatest number of single family fires with at least six during the period and 14 people receiving aid. It was followed by four fires each in Scott (24 aided) and Texas (6 aided) counties.
Individuals had insurance on their property in only 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.
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.