Red Cross Responds to 142 Fires in March426 people displaced and needed Red Cross assistance

  • Friday, April 11, 2014

MYRTLE BEACH – The American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region had a busy March assisting 426 people displaced after 142 home fires, and April hasn’t let up with 20 fires across the region in just the first four days of the month.

“March was a continuation of a busy January and February for the American Red Cross and our response to home fires across our region,” said Nanci Conley, Executive Director, Coastal SC Chapter. “The Red Cross needs the community’s support to help so many displaced after home fires.”

After a fire the American Red Cross assists with emergency needs of those impacted including temporary lodging, food, essential hygiene items, health services, and emotional support people may need as they recover from a home fire. Peak fire season runs from October through March.

Learn more about fire safety by visiting: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/home-fire

The Red Cross needs community’s support for victims of home fires and other disasters. It takes and average of $1,250 to support a family of four impacted by fire. Anyone interested in making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross can visit www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by contacting the Coastal SC Chapter at 843.477.0020 or www.redcross.org/coastalsc.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 1,300 people affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC region since Jan. 1. On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.

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