This morning around 12:10 AM American Red Cross volunteers in Wake County received the call to respond to an apartment fire from Wake 911.
In all, 12 families, 51 people, lost their homes. Residents were rushed to get out and media have reported that eight people jumped to escape the flames. Red Cross volunteers are working with each family to ensure their individual needs are met, and address the emotional stress of this traumatic experience.
The Red Cross takes each case individually, and helps each family use the tools they have, along with help from the Red Cross and other agencies, to take control of their own recovery.
Wake County Public Schools and local hospital social workers were integral in easing the first 24 hours for the families. To help the families recover, we will be relying on Catholic Charities, Green Chair Project and Salvation Army.
Even our partners in the media have helped us locate a family that was not on scene, and had not been located by our disaster relief workers. There is still one family that we would like to help if they need us.
We thank the American public for their endless generosity. They are always there when we need them. You can help by going to redcross.org. Children’s clothes can be taken to your nearest Salvation Army or Catholic Charities.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/triangle, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @TACRedCross.