Windsor Green Fire Response: One Month Report

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Red Cross Provides Relief to People Affected by Myrtle Beach Apartment Fire

On March 16th, a large fire in Myrtle Beach destroyed over 100 units at Windsor Green apartments in Carolina Forest, displacing hundreds of people. Red Cross jumped into action immediately and is continuing  to help displaced residents and first responders. 

Red Cross arrives on the scene of the apartment fire on March15th in Carolina Forest.

Red Cross arrives on the scene of the apartment fire on March15th in Carolina Forest.

Since yesterday’s fire, the Red Cross has registered 189 residents in its shelter and has provided over 1,000 meals and 2,100 snacks and drinks to residents affected by the fire and first responders.

Casework to determine financial assistance will begin on Monday, March 18th at 10 a.m. Residents are encouraged to go the Red Cross shelter starting at 10 a.m. at Beach Church, located at 557 George Bishop Parkway to receive assistance. If you cannot come to the shelter, please call the Red Cross at (843) 477-0020 for assistance.

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30 Red Cross volunteers and multiple Red Cross response vehicles remain on the scene of the apartment fire, providing food and hydration to first responders. Trained Red Cross mental health workers are providing emotional support to people affected by the fire.

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You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.  Financial donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross, 8085 Rivers Avenue, Suite F, North Charleston SC 29406.

If you would like to donate non-cash items, the Red Cross recommends contacting their partner agencies, Goodwill and Salvation Army or contacting other local non-profit organizations in the community that accept non-cash items.

On average the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. Since the beginning of its fiscal year to March 15, 2013, the Palmetto SC Region responded to 1,097 disasters, helping 3,737 adults and children that were affected by disasters. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters that span 35-counties of South Carolina.

 

Red Cross Helps 20 Residents Displaced by a Multi-Unit Fire at Stone Ridge Apartments in Columbia

On March 6th, we received a call from the Columbia Fire Department about a multi-unit apartment fire that they were battling at Stone Ridge Apartments located at 1000 Watermark Place in Columbia. We immediately begin to dispatch our disaster workers to help meet the immediate needs of all residents that were displaced by the fire.

Here are some photos from our response…

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Our workers provided all 20 displaced residents with financial assistance to purchase food, clothing, shoes and other essential items. We also gave each person a blanket and a hygiene kit, which includes basic items such as a tooth brush, soap, and shampoo. Children were given stuffed animals for a sense of safety and security.

We also worked with the apartment complex to secure temporary housing for all displaced residents.

Thank you to our disaster team for helping make this response possible!

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The Palmetto SC Region is made of up seven Red Cross chapters that span across 35 of 46 counties of South Carolina.  On average, our volunteers respond to a disaster every 6.5 hours.

You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution or volunteering your time by visiting redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.  Donations may also be mailed to your local Red Cross chapter.  

Red Cross Helps Five after Apartment Fire in Columbia

On February 8th, our local Red Cross disaster responders provided emergency assistance to three adults and two children that were displaced by an apartment fire at 7404 Bailey Street in Columbia, S.C.

Red Cross disaster responders arrive on the scene of the apartment fire.

Red Cross disaster responders arrive on the scene of the apartment fire.

Here is a recap of our response…

Three Red Cross responders arrived at the scene of the fire and assessed the damage with first responders.

First responders and Red Cross disaster workers assess damage caused by the fire.

First responders and Red Cross disaster workers assess damage caused by the fire.

After determining how many people were displaced by the fire, our responders provided individual assistance and comfort to each family.

Red Cross provides individual assistance to each family affected by the fire.

Red Cross provides individual assistance to each family affected by the fire.

In total five people received temporary housing and financial assistance to purchase food and clothing. In addition, each person received a comfort kit with basic hygiene items and referrals to partner agencies to assist with long-term recovery.

One of the most important things that our workers can give after a fire is comfort and a hug.

One of the most important things that our responders can give after a fire is a hug.

Since July 1, 2012, the local Red Cross has responded to 733 disasters and has provided immediate emergency assistance to 2,454 adults and children.

All of this assistance is made possible by generous donors and volunteers. You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting Redcross.org or by calling (803) 540-1230. Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 91, Columbia, SC, 29202. If you would like to become a volunteer, please call (803) 540-1242 or visit Redcross.org.

Red Cross Shelters and Feeds Displaced Residents in Sumter

Garden Circle Apartment resident, Mr. Burgess, rests and eats a meal at the Red Cross shelter, located at Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department

Red Cross disaster workers  from the Columbia Region provided shelter and meals to 19 residents that were evacuated after a fire occurred Saturday, October 22nd at the Garden Circle Apartments in Sumter, SC.  The shelter was open for five days and was located at the Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department on 155 Haynesworth Street. 

Over this five day period, the Red Cross provided 72 overnight stays, 254 meals, 236 snacks and 19 hygiene kits.  24 trained disaster workers, including nursing support, were on the scene 24-7 providing mental health counseling and emotional support to meet the immediate, disaster-caused needs of each resident.

Shetler residents gather to eat a meal together at the Red Cross Shelter located at Sumter County Parks and Recreation.

Disaster volutneer, Dan Coto serves drinks for shelter residents.

This is the second time that the Red Cross has provided a shelter for the residents of the Garden Circle Apartments.   On July 16th another fire caused residents to be evacuated and a shelter was opened at the Bernie Center, remaining open for five days. During that shelter operation the Red Cross provided 60 overnight stays, 149 meals, 672 snacks and 15 hygiene kits to shelter residents.

“During both shelter operations, our dedicated disaster volunteers were on the scene and provided a safe place and positive support system for our shelter residents,” said Scott R. Salemme, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Columbia Region.  “We are not a government agency and rely solely on the generosity of the community to support our disaster relief program.  We ask that our community continues to support our important work by making a financial donation to help as we prepare for and respond to disasters every day.” 

You can help your neighbors prepare for and recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting http://www.columbiaregionredcross.org, calling (803) 775-2363, or mailing a check to the American Red Cross, 1155 N. Guignard, Suite 2, Sumter, SC 29150.

For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit www.redcross.org/homefires.