Red Cross Helps Victims of Howard Lake Fire

American Red Cross volunteers are helping two adults and two children after a house fire on Huber Avenue in Howard Lake, Minnesota. Following devastating home fires like the one in Howard Lake, Red Cross volunteers connect with those affected and provide assistance for their immediate emergency needs, including emotional support and help with long-term recovery planning.

National Home Fire Campaign
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. As part of the campaign the Red Cross is joining fire departments and community groups nationwide to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires. The Red Cross is also asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

Free Smoke Alarm Installation
To request free smoke alarm installation for you or a loved one, call (612) 460-3674, visit getasmokealarm.org or text “ALARM” to 844-811-0100. For more information about home fire safety, including safety checklists, printable fire escape plans, and more, visit redcross.org/mn/homefires. Download the Red Cross First Aid App at redcross.org/apps to get access for life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns. By empowering local volunteers, the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. To become a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit redcross. org/mn.

How you can help
The Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross responds to more than 600 disasters every year, most are home fires. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. Click redcross.org/mn, call 1-800- RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross serving Central Minnesota, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301.

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