When the worst happens, we’re there. After disasters, mostly home fires in our region, Red Cross volunteers work with fire departments and other response partners to connect with families and support needs like emergency lodging, financial assistance and emotional support.
Our winter home fire season continued to disrupt lives during this difficult time. In January across the Minnesota & Dakotas Region, our disaster relief volunteers responded to 118 incidents, helping 567 people. Thank you to our volunteers for their enormous efforts to help others with immediate assistance as they rebuild their lives after devastating home fires.
Across our three-state region during February, we responded to 94 home fires and helped 290 people affected by these fires. Help us change these statistics. Learn what to do before, during and after a fire! Visit redcross.org/mndaks for fire prevention and safety tips! #endhomefires
During March, our Disaster Action Team was as busy as ever helping people affected by the devastation and trauma that a home fire brings. Across our region, comprised of South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota, our relief workers (+90% volunteers) responded to 78 home fires and helped 304 adults and children. Some families were displaced for a short period of time while others needed to find new housing. Many thanks to all for being there for people when they needed you the most.
During April, responding to help people affected by flooding, freezing weather, home fires and even a tornado in Taopi, MN, filled the hands of our disaster services volunteers. Our trained volunteers supported 60+ disasters and helped 225+ people. Their efforts included working with local partners to support shelters in northwest Minnesota and western North Dakota. Thank you to everyone, especially our volunteers, for stepping up to help people when they needed you the most.
You Can Help
DONATE – Thanks to donations, our services are free and available for all those in need. Visit here to support our lifesaving work.
VOLUNTEER – The need is constant to help families affected by home fires and other disasters. Click here to become a volunteer.