|GREATER SPRINGFIELD Not all disasters lead the evening news or make front-page headlines. Indeed, the vast majority of disasters involving the American Red Cross do not. These home fires or "quiet disasters" are more deadly than all natural disasters combined killing about 4,000 Americans annually. Thousands more people survive such blazes but are injured, homeless or mourning the death of loved ones.|
Their plight does not unleash the outpouring of contributions typical of disasters covered by the national news media, but that doesn't matter to the Red Cross. People affected by house and apartment fires receive the same free services as those affected by major earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and airline crashes. Depending on their immediate needs, victims receive food, shelter, health assistance, counseling or vouchers they can exchange for essentials such as medications, eyeglasses and clothes to wear to work. The Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter encourages residents to practice the following fires safety and preparedness tips:
Children and Home Fires
As with other things, the best motto is, "be prepared."
You can help people affected by disasters such as floods, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world. Make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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