Red Cross Media Alerts
  Fire Response
This morning at 12:10 A.M., the American Red Cross ARCHIE team responded to a multi-family fire at 109 19th Street NE Apt. 2 and 109 19th Street NE Apt. 3 in Birmingham. One unit sustained smoke and water damage with fire damage to one bedroom. The other unit sustained smoke and water damage only. One family is expected to come into the office today at 11:30 A.M. and we are making arrangements to access the needs of the other family. Both families were placed in a hotel until our office opened this morning.

The American Red Cross ARCHIE team also responded to a single family fire at 5316 Avenue in Bessemer yesterday. The home was totally destroyed and the family was placed in a hotel until today. The family is expected to be serviced at the American Red Cross Bessemer Service Center today.
  Disaster Response
Local Red Cross volunteers once again respond to the call of duty deploying to the mid-west winter and ice storm. Theodore Childress and Wheeler Pounds are driving the Birmingham Area Chapter's Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to Muskogee, Oklahoma to provide mass care relief. Childress of Jefferson County has been providing Red Cross assistance since 2004 responding to many local and national responses. Pounds of  Walker County has been a dedicated Red Cross volunteer for ten years and has served as Chairman for the Walker County Service Center in Jasper. This assignment is a "hardship" assignment due to the extreme cold and weather, power outages and travel conditions. Those interested in becoming a part of disaster response for American Red Cross should call Volunteer Services at 205-458-8253.


  Fire Response
Today, American Red Cross ARCHIE team responded to an apartment fire at --1420 13th Avenue South. Six apartment units were destroyed.  Red Cross will be providing food, clothing and possibly shelter to all six families who will be coming in for assistance today.
Last night, American Red Cross ARCHIE team responded to a five unit apartment fire in Ensley on Avenue X. Three units were affected by this fire. Two were destroyed and one united had minor damages.  Red Cross is currently assisting them with basic needs.
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cell 966-8795

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Community Relations
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