- Published on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 22:04
- Written by Super User
Local American Red Cross volunteers have responded to six separate home fires since Sunday in the Cape Fear area. Teams of Red Cross volunteers helped coordinate assistance for 21 residents in the form of food, clothing, shelter, and emotional support due to the fires. On Sunday there was a fire in Wilmington, on Monday one in Warsaw, on Tuesday two more in Leland and Supply, and then yesterday another in Leland and one in Castle Hayne. Last year, the Cape Fear Chapter of the Red Cross responded to 143 fires across a 5 county jurisdiction and assisted 570 residents with their immediate emergency needs.
“We’re deeply saddened for those affected,” said Vicki LaBelle, CEO for the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross. “As we continue to provide support to those affected, we also encourage others to take action to minimize the risk of a home fire.”
The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan.
• Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
• Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including bedrooms.
• Test smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year.
• Have a plan in place can help you escape, including at least two ways to escape from every room of your home and a meeting spot at a safe distance from your home.
• Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it at least twice a year.
Red Cross volunteers on the scene were members of the chapter’s Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night.
For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit www.redcross.org/homefires.
To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can click, call or text - visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.