American Red Cross assisting person in Georgetown after Home Fire

The Red Cross showed proof it paid a family in need of aid who claimed Thursday they did not receive support after their home was destroyed in a fire

The Red Cross showed proof it paid a family in need of aid who claimed Thursday they did not receive support after their home was destroyed in a fire

"As we continue to help them, we urge everyone to take steps to minimize the risk of a fire occurring in their home". "We're grateful to the many local partners who have joined the effort to help prevent fire-related deaths and injuries in our community".

The Red Cross maintained it in fact did provide the family with "several hundred dollars of emergency financial assistance on December 28, 2017 after a meeting at the American Red Cross office".

She also noted that free training is provided for volunteers.

A member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team met with a family affected by a fire on Vanderpool Street in Newark this morning.

Caseworkers will be available at the service center to work one-on one with each family to create an individualized recovery plan. 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. "You don't self deploy and you don't have to go alone".

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Debbie Smith, the Community Executive of the American Red Cross, for all six counties (Adams, Brown, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, and Scioto) at the local office in Portsmouth, says that there is a lot that volunteers can do locally. Blankets and comfort kits containing personal care items were also provided.

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

Volunteer opportunities are endless with the Red Cross, and training seminars are held every month throughout South Dakota. Turner said she never thought it would cause an uproar. Heather Allemang, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, talks volunteers through detailed processes of assisting clients after going through a disaster.

The American Red Cross and Ouachita Parish Fire Department also provides smoke alarms at no charge.

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