Red Cross asks for volunteers due to extreme drought conditions

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The American Red Cross is asking for extra volunteers due to extreme drought conditions in Missouri.

The Southern Missouri Region responded to 10 single-family fires, one apartment fire and three wind and other weather related issues, according to Red Cross officials.  And, 50 victims received aid across the 40 county region from the Disaster Action Team.

We're told volunteers are made up of people that respond to emergencies any time of the day or night. This means the majority of them work in the day and volunteer if needed when they get off work.

According to the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska, "Missouri is at the highest risk because of its hot wind and dry grass. Sparks from any source, including cigarettes and farm equipment have caused multiple fires in these conditions."

Due to the drought and fire-prone conditions we need more volunteers ready to help alleviate the suffering of victims in the Southern Mo. Region.

For more information or to register for training, visit their website or call 1-866-206-0256, ext. 143.

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