The American Red Cross of Alaska responds to calls for assistance, on average, almost once a day state-wide. In February, 132 people were assisted; of those assisted, at least 31 were children under the age of 18. Including, 11 who were listed as young children (0-5). Three of those assisted were age 60 or older.
We stated, in last month’s blog, that the most common disaster we respond to are fires, specifically home fires. This theme continued into February with the apartment fire at Royal Suites Lodge.
In the aftermath of this disaster, we set up a shelter at the Spenard Community Recreation Center to feed and shelter Anchorage residents left homeless by the structure fire. Our immediate goal was to provide a source of comfort, shelter and food to those who were displaced.
As many as 10 Red Cross volunteers reported to work at the shelter. Seventy-two individuals affected by the Royal Suites Lodge fire were ultimately assisted by the Red Cross.
Volunteers all across the state give up their free time to make this amount of help in their communities possible.
Breakdown of service by area:
Anchorage: 112 individuals received aid.
Eagle River: 2 individuals received aid.
Nikiski: 5 individuals received aid.
Palmer: 6 individuals received aid.
Seward: 1 individuals received aid.
Sterling: 1 individuals received aid.
Tok: 5 individuals received aid.
Pictures below of volunteers assisting at the Spenard Community Recreation Center Shelter set up for those displaced by the Royal Suites fire. Photos courtesy of Lisa Miller with the Red Cross of Alaska.