On Monday, the American Red Cross of Central Texas responded to a duplex fire in South Austin. Helping out the families affected were a Red Cross Disaster Action Team and several public information officers. All residents, including 3 dogs, a ferret, a cat, and a boa constrictor made it safely out of the building. Because of the extensive damage (see photos below), the Red Cross was able to provide relief and recovery in the form of temporary housing, clothing, and other assistance.
House fires like the one on Monday happen roughly every 48 hours here in Central Texas, and the American Red Cross is always ready to respond. For the past several weeks, volunteers and staff are simultaneously supporting fire victims and flood victims in the wake of Tropical Storm Hermine. Our normal disaster response continues even during major disasters. For more information on how to get involved with your American Red Cross please visit www.centex.redcross.org