Greater Pamlico Chapter, Responds to Devastating Morning Home Fire in Pantego, NC

GREENVILLE, NC, April 7, 2013 — This morning, the Red Cross was called to the scene of an 3-story single family home fire in Pantego, NC that displaced 2 adults. Red Cross volunteers and Disaster Action Team members; Ed and Kay Summerfield were on the scene to meet the family’s immediate emergency-caused needs and provide assistance.

The Greater Pamlico Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to more than 75 home fires and other emergencies last year, assisting 92 families, providing food, comfort, shelter and emotional support. Last year, the chapter spent nearly $50,000 in direct financial assistance to clients and provided the community with many other vital programs and services.

“We respond to about one home fire every nine minutes across the country. The best thing you can do to protect your loved ones is to install a smoke alarm and develop and practice a fire escape plan,” said Bill Brent, Eastern NC, Regional CEO. “Fires can spread very quickly, so everyone at home, school and work should know what to do when they hear the sound of a smoke alarm.”

Additional recommendations include:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and inside bedrooms.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Ensure that household members know two ways to escape from every room and designate a place to meet outside of your house in case of a fire. Practice your plan at least twice a year.
  • Follow your escape plan in case of fire. Get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Download the American Red Cross First Aid App to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies. The app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android.

Visit for additional fire safety tips.

“In order to continue responding to disasters like fires at homes and businesses here in eastern NC, the Red Cross depends on the generous support of individuals and businesses in the community,” added Brent. You can help the Red Cross continue to be ready to respond and help fire victims by making a financial contribution to your local Red Cross Chapter today. To make a financial donation log on to, call (252) 355-3800 or mail your donation to 312 E. 10th St., Greenville, NC 27858.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at


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