Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 9, 2012

Red Cross helps out in area


Pauls Valley Democrat

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — American Red Cross volunteers worked all weekend to help families in the region displaced by house fires.

Beginning on Saturday, Oct. 6, the Central and Western Oklahoma Region of the Red Cross helped a total of 17 individuals.

“Our Disaster Action Team provided families with the means to get food, clothes, medications, shelter and comfort kits after these recent fires,” stated Ken Garcia in an email from the Red Cross.

On Saturday volunteers in Garvin County helped two people after a house fire in Lindsay.

Volunteers in Cleveland County responded to help at the scene of a house fire in Moore. The family living there indicated they have home insurance and declined Red Cross help.

Later that night Red Cross volunteers in Oklahoma City moved to help an Edmond family, consisting of three adults and three children, after a house fire.

They also helped a family of five after a fire in the northeast area of the metro.

The following day Cleveland County volunteers worked to help a family of four after a house fire in Noble.

“Home fires are the number one disaster the Red Cross responds to and it depends on volunteers to help out their neighbors in need,” Garcia said.

“Anyone interested in becoming a trained volunteer is urged to call 405-228-9500.”

These recent fires come as the Red Cross is marking Fire Prevention Week.

The Red Cross responds to an average of 170 home fires a day across the country, which comes to one fire every 8 minutes.

The Central and Western Oklahoma Region of the American Red Cross responded to 440 single family fires and 35 multi-family fires last year.