The Red Cross opened a shelter at a nearby LDS church building at 1100 E. 454 S. About 15 people utilized the shelter that first night. Red Cross Disaster Volunteer, Jo-Lynn Hatch was on the scene and said, "Many of these people have lost everything they had." The Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter will continue to work with the individuals in the coming days to help them get through the trauma of this fire and to help them get back on their feet. The Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross responds to up to 100 incidents each year, some of them render multiple families homeless. Nationwide, the American Red Cross’s local chapters help victims of major and minor disasters by offering immediate comfort, which may include food, a warm place to stay, clothing and other life necessities. Volunteers give comfort kits to victims of fire, flood or other disasters. The kits include helpful items like toothbrushes, toothpaste and a toy for children. If you’d like to help, financial donations are always accepted to help victims of this fire and other disasters in your community.
For more information about donating to the Chapter Emergency Services please go to www.utahredcross.org or call 801.323.7000.