Fire response for the Red Cross rises exponentially

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In the past year, fire response for the American Red Cross has risen dramatically. On average, the American Red Cross is responding to three fires per day in the 40 counties the organization serves in southern Missouri.

In July of 2011, the American Red Cross provided emergency help to 185 fire victims. In July 2012, they provided assistance to over 230 victims.

The Red Cross not only provides assistance to southern Missouri families who have endured a house fire, but they also provide food and water to the firefighters battling large or long burning fires and personnel who provide emergency medical services (EMS).

From Jan. 1 through July 30, Red Cross volunteers served more than 1,700 firefighters and EMS workers at fires in southern Missouri. This number is up exponentially from last year's total of 1,200 firefighters and EMS workers.

With the steady upward climb of fires in the southern Missouri region, the need for Red Cross volunteers is great. People willing to respond to disasters in the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year are the backbone of the American Red Cross.

The organization's disaster services are free, and are a gift from volunteers in the community. Financial contributions are essential to the services of the Red Cross, and are much appreciated by those in need of the Red Cross's services.

To begin volunteering with the American Red Cross, call 1-866-206-0256. To donate to the American Red Cross, visit, call 1-800-733-2767 or text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donations may also be mailed to: American Red Cross at P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

For additional information about the American Red Cross and its services, email Nigel Holderby at

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