Red Cross helps 22 affected by 6 home fires in less than a week

The American Red Cross Coastal SC Chapter has responded to six home fires since Saturday assisting 22 people in Andrews, Conway, Myrtle Beach and Williamsburg County. The Red Cross met the immediate needs of these individuals which for most included emotional support and financial assistance for lodging, food and clothing. Comfort kits with personal hygiene items were also provided as well as referrals to local partnering agencies. Red Cross will continue to following-up with those affected by the fires says Nanci Conley, executive director, Coastal SC Chapter, American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region.

"Our hearts go out to all those who suffered from these home fires, said Conley "We are in our peak season for home fires and temperatures will be dropping in the coming days, so we urge everyone to become aware of what they should do to prevent a fire in their home by visiting for safety steps."

It takes an average $1,250 for Red Cross to support a family of four impacted by fire. The Red Cross' Coastal SC Chapter needs the support of the community to provide assistance to families impacted by fire. Anyone interested in supporting the Coastal SC Chapter, can make a financial contribution by visiting, or by calling (843) 222-0685 or by mailing a donation to the American Red Cross Coastal SC Chapter at 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

The Coastal SC Chapter serves Williamsburg, Georgetown and Horry counties and is part of the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region was able to responded to 1,637 disasters assisting 5,209 individuals in 2013. On average, the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.