Red Cross Disaster Response


The American Red Cross responded to a fire Thursday morning in Sioux Falls.

Once there, a group of volunteers were able to hand out basic necessities. 
In Thursday’s heat, that included plenty of water and snacks. 

The Red Cross has  been busy this year, responding to 40 disasters since July 1st. Each year, the non-profit helps out at 500-600 instances across the state, which usually include fires, flooding or other storm damage. In Eastern South Dakota alone, that number was 130 last year. 

They have plenty of people helping out, with 209 trained volunteers ready to go in Eastern South Dakota. The average response time for Red Cross volunteers is under 2 hours, from first notification, to organizing supplies, and arriving at the scene. 

Once they arrive at a disaster, the volunteers work on finding people a place to stay, getting them food and clothing, and connecting them with other local resources. 

Jennifer Ross, the Red Cross Executive Director for Eastern South Dakota, says the mission of everything they do is to get people back on their feet. 

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