Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Red Cross helps Rockford family displaced by fire

Red Cross helps Rockford family displaced by fire

"With trained volunteers, we can help them with the steps on the road to recovery", says O'Brien.

To join us, visit redcross.org today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application. At this time, our local Red Cross needs help, as they are seeking volunteers.

The Red Cross assisted in 242 disasters just previous year, and a large majority of the help came from volunteers, including those from the metro.

"In Eastern South Dakota, 80 percent of the disasters to which we respond are home fires", explained Ross.

The press release states that "we are now entering the coldest months of the season, which means the threat of home fire deaths is still very real".

The house was destroyed, and the American Red Cross was called to assist the family.

FOX6 News received documents from the Red Cross' national office. The Red Cross provides the basic needs for those who are affected, food, clothing shelter; things needed in the first hours and days when victims have lost everything.

If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them.

"The three most important rules is a have a smoke alarm inside your house". This past fall, the community of Cavour was "smoke alarmed" as well by the Red Cross.


She also noted that free training is provided for volunteers. "But our greatest need is for volunteer members of the Disaster Action Team". It was explained by Allemang that the role of DAT responders is to train and prepare for large and small disasters and asses situations to respond appropriately.

Flood said that the fire apparently began in the kitchen on the tenant side of the duplex. "You don't self deploy and you don't have to go alone".

The Red Cross offers those in need Comfort Kits and blankets, while working towards recovery.

The American Red Cross New Jersey Region is now assisting 65 people in 19 families displaced by home fires in Newark on Friday, January 5.

"Home fires are still the most prevalent disasters", Allemang said.

She says, "Our goal is to provide a community wide solution to fix this community wide problem".

"The Red Cross will be here as long as there is need", said Kimberly Coley, executive director, in a statement.

According to the Red Cross, the campaign launched in October 2014, and has already saved many lives and installed hundreds of thousands of smoke alarms in almost 10,000 cities and towns.

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