The American Red Cross was greeted by Governor Nikki Haley at the site of the fire that took place on February 14, 2011 at the Agrium Rainbow plant inHartsville,S.C.The Governor applauded the Red Cross for their ongoing assistance to first responders who worked for days to contain the fire.
In addition, the Mayor of Hartsville, Mel Pennington and Lynwood Epps,DarlingtonCounty’s Interim Director of Emergency Management expressed their gratitude to the Red Cross. “The Red Cross has been a tremendous help since the fire broke out,” said Epps, “Red Cross volunteers have provided food and drinks to all our responders, which has saved the county thousands of dollars. We greatly appreciate their support.”
On the night of the fire, the Red Cross opened a shelter, which provided a safe place for evacuees, comfort kits, and canteen services that included snacks, a hot meal, and beverages to 73 individuals that were displaced overnight by the fire. Red Cross volunteers trained in professional crisis counseling were available to all sheltered individuals. For three days the Red Cross had its Emergency Response Vehicle on the scene of the fire where volunteers served 790 meals and 1,225 snacks to first responders.
The Red Cross provided additional emergency assistance to a family of three that lost their home when the plant exploded causing embers to spread to their home. Red Cross assistance to this family helped meet their immediate emergency needs, including food, clothing, temporary shelter, and referrals to partner agencies.