Red Cross volunteers respond to 14 fires in the past week
Last updated 11/5/2019 at 3:45pm
Volunteer disaster responders with the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern
Illinois responded to 14 fires from Monday, October 28 through today in the Chicago & Northern Illinois
area including fires in Algonquin, Bloomingdale, Glenwood, Lindenhurst, Rockford and more, with eight of
these fires taking place in Chicago.
Our volunteers assisted 80 individuals, including 47 adults and 33
children. The Red Cross helped with temporary housing, food,
clothing and comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery
services and health and mental health services.
The American Red Cross responds to 3 to 4 home fires every day in
Northern Illinois. The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help
protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and
create a fire escape plan. The Red Cross installs FREE smoke alarms
year-round. To schedule an appointment to get a free installation in
your home, visit http://www.getasmokealarm.org.
This past Saturday, Red Cross volunteers also installed 77 smoke
alarms and provided fire safety information in 24 homes in Chicago.
In addition, our volunteers installed 54 smoke alarms in 27 homes in
Manteno, Illinois last Friday. This was a joint effort with the Manteno
Fire Department and the Kankakee Community Emergency
Response Team. For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness
information visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare.