Local Red Cross Needs Your Help

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"We will have more than 400 home fires in North and South Dakota this year; we see them every year and majority happen between October and March".

"We are not expected to jeopardize ourselves if it is not safe", Allemang said. Make sure the space heater is off and unplugged before leaving a room or falling asleep. "If the cord is worn, broken or loose have the appliance professionally repaired or replace it".

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 global humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

When disasters strike, crews of volunteers come together across the United States to assist victims who have experienced an upheaval, locally or nationally, by supporting those effected financially, and putting them back on the road toward recovery.

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"We have about 56,000 Red Cross people across the nation that were deployed to many of these disasters". They would love to have volunteers from each of their counties for this. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. At this time, our local Red Cross needs help, as they are seeking volunteers.

A fire destroyed a home Saturday afternoon just after 1 p.m. The fire reportedly began in the kitchen on the tenant side of the structure but the exact cause of the blaze has not been determined and remains under investigation. The program will kick off at 9 a.m.at the Cohoes Fire Department, 172 Ontario St., with volunteer teams to spread out across the city to check and install smoke alarms, discuss important fire safety tips and help families create personalized fire escape plans for their homes.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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