Red Cross aids 23 Barry Countians this year with fires

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

About 230 residents in 24 counties impacted across the 40-county area

The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross has helped 23 people who needed assistance in January and February due to fires.

In January, Barry County saw five fires, and February, it had two, equalling just over $4,000 in disaster relief funds to affected residents.

The Red Cross helped about 230 individuals across at least 24 counties in its 40-county service area during February, an increase over last year's numbers.

There were nearly 60 incidents of single-family fires, at least three multi-family fires, and at least four disasters related to storms and wind. The Red Cross opened 81 cases for clients in February.

During February of 2013, just over 200 people received assistance after more than 50 single-family fires with 62 client cases opened.

Greene County saw six separate fire incidents involving 27 people receiving Red Cross aid during the period. It was followed by Christian and Pemiscot counties, which had 18 people assisted in each in six and seven incidents, respectively, and Texas County, which had 17 people assisted in four incidents.

Individuals had insurance on their property in less than 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, 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 these personal disasters.

According to the Red Cross, 65 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.

It is through the generosity of donors the Red Cross is able to provide for emergency needs when disaster strikes.

To support the Red Cross mission and help those in need, people may 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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