While the coronavirus pandemic continues, other emergencies have occurred requiring the assistance from Montana and Idaho Red Cross.
Idaho and Montana disaster workers have responded to 25 homes fires in March, providing assistance to 28 families.
“We can’t thank our volunteers enough for helping us fulfill our critical mission during such a difficult and uncertain time,” said Ted Koenig, regional disaster officer for the Red Cross of Idaho and Montana. “They continue to answer the call when our friends and neighbors need them most.”
Red Cross volunteers help individuals meet their most immediate needs like food, housing, replacing medications, access to mental health services and connections to other community resources.
They also have technology in place to help in disaster assistance virtually.
The Red Cross is urging everyone to take some simple steps to reduce the risk of home fires and help save lives.
With many people home from school and work Red Cross suggests to spend this time to test your smoke alarms and practice home fire escape plans.
They said good tips include making sure everyone in the home knows how to get out of every room and out of the house in two minutes or less.
A meeting spot a safe distance from your home, such as a neighbor’s home or a tree in the front yard, should be designated so everyone knows where to meet.
Visit Red Cross website for additional free resources and safety tips.