Red Cross helps in 3 BC fires in March

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Organization helps 7 people in county

In March, the American Red Cross assisted seven people in Barry County as a result of three fires, and more than 70 fires occurred in the 40-county southern Missouri service area.

In the entire area during March, the American Red Cross helped more than 280 individuals across at least 34 counties, about twice last year's number.

There were nearly 70 incidents of single-family fires and at least four multi-family fires, including a Dunklin County apartment fire March 30 when 33 people were assisted. The Red Cross opened 87 cases for individuals affected by home fires in March.

During March of 2013, at least 140 people received assistance after more than 40 single-family fires in 19 counties with 50 client cases opened.

Among the counties with the most calls for assistance, Dunklin County saw 42 people receiving Red Cross aid in four separate fire incidents during March of this year. It was followed by Jasper County (34 people assisted in nine incidents), Greene County (23 people, seven incidents), Mississippi County (15 people, four incidents), and Scott County (13 people, five 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 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.

People who would like to support the Red Cross mission and help those in need 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 American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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