ALTON – An American Red Cross Southwestern Illinois Chapter Disaster Action Team member and local Vandalia Red Cross volunteer staffed a shelter for displaced apartment residents after an early morning fire at 211 N. Kennedy Blvd. in Vandalia.
Residents of a 50-unit complex were evacuated from their apartments just after midnight Saturday.
Albert Bertram, disaster program specialist with the Red Cross office in Alton, and local Vandalia Red Cross volunteer Bill Warner staffed the Red Cross shelter at the request of Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director, Kendra Craig. Nineteen apartment residents spent the night at the Vandalia Junior High School Gymnasium, 1011 Fletcher St. The Red Cross also provided breakfast to shelter residents. The Red Cross will continue to provide assistance as needed.
All Red Cross disaster relief assistance is provided free thanks to those who support the mission of the American Red Cross.
Contributions can be sent to your local Red Cross chapter at 1639 Main St., Alton. Gifts enable the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disaster.
The American Red Cross Southwestern Illinois Chapter is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.
For more information, call (800) RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit http://www.redcross.org.