Disaster Response Summary March 2017

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The American Red Cross of Alaska responds to calls for assistance, on average, almost once a day state-wide. In March, 91 people were assisted; of those assisted, at least 27 were children under the age of 18.  Including, 8 who were listed as young children (0-5). One of those assisted was age 60 or older.

 

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: 29 individuals received aid.

Fairbanks: 22 individuals received aid.

Kwigillingok: 8 individuals received aid.

Valdez: 3 individuals received aid.

Nikiski: 5 individuals received aid.

Noorvik: 5 individuals received aid.

Delta Junction: 1 individuals received aid.

Juneau: 7 individuals received aid.

Anchor Point: 3 individuals received aid.

North Pole: 10 individuals received aid.

Soldotna: 3 individuals received aid.

We stated, in January and February’s post, that the most common disaster we respond to are fires, specifically home fires. The theme in March was related, but all about prevention. The American Red Cross reminded everyone that Daylight Saving Time is a good trigger to remember to test the batteries in smoke alarms.118714 Daylight Savings Social Media Spring 2017 Twitter

As of January 31, 2017, the Red Cross and its partners have helped to save at least 159 lives and installed more than 702,000 smoke alarms in 9,100 cities and towns nationwide. Here in Alaska, the Red Cross installed 1,425 smoke alarms at no cost to residents in 2016. Numbers for 2017 still pending.

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