American Red Cross aids nearly 180 people in Southwest Missouri during August


American Red Cross aids nearly 180 people during August

Flooding and residential fires affect residents across the 40-county area.

American Red Cross Southern Missouri Region, September 6, 2013 — The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross helped nearly 180 individuals across many of the counties in its 40-county service area during a four-week period in August.

This included more than 40 disaster victims from flooding across the area during the first week of August. There were more than 30 incidents of single family fires from Aug. 2-29. Families ranged from one person households to some with at least 11.

Jasper County had the greatest number of single family fires with five during the period and 20 people receiving aid. It was followed by four fires each in Greene (15 people aided) and Webster (12 people) counties. Polk County had one single family fire and one multi-family fire with 12 victims.

Individuals had insurance on their property in 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, 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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