The Triangle Red Cross responds to an average of three fires a day. On May 14th DAT team leader, Paul Seay, responded to a fire in the Bexley Park Apartment complex in Morrisville North Carolina. In Building 1400, one unit was destroyed, two severely damaged, and one unit experienced minor damage.
Paul and the rest of the DAT team arrived around 4pm that afternoon to aid those who had been affected by the fire, and provide water and ice to the first responders. The Red Cross aided 8 families, totaling 24 people. With the help of the apartment complex, the Red Cross was able to ensure that the families had a place to live and food to eat. Bexley Apartments were able to fit most of the families into open units and the others were directed to nearby complexes who waived application fees and allowed them to move right in.
While no one was harmed during this disaster, the emotional and mental toll on those who lost their homes can be devastating. With this in mind, the Red Cross wishes to remind renters who live in the Triangle and beyond about the importance of having renters insurance. Although it is an extra expense, insurance can provide a sense of security should a fire or other disaster occur.
Renters insurance can cover loss of property due to everything from theft, fire, lightening, smoke, windstorms, hail, and vandalism. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the average cost of a renters’ insurance is between $15 and $30 monthly. This is a small price to pay, considering the worth of everything you have in your home. The Red Cross encourages renters to protect themselves and their possessions by investing in renters insurance.
By: Jaime Lisk, Public Affairs Volunteer