Thursday, February 4, 2010
County discusses help for burn-out victims
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors discussed what additional things the county can do to work with the Red Cross to help those who lose their homes to fire.
The matter was brought before the board of supervisors recently by supervisor George Zinn III, who said two Marshall County families lost their homes to fire over the Christmas holidays.
Burned-out families need short-term places to stay until they can relocate, he said.
George Kahrs, liason for the Red Cross in Marshall County, said short term help with a place to stay (motel room) is available from Red Cross but it takes much longer than a few days to a week for families to get back on their feet in many cases.
Kahrs said he wants to look at the possibility of the county getting a couple of FEMA trailers for use as emergency shelters.
“Somebody would have to pay utilities,” he said.
A location on county or private property would have to be found.
County administrator Larry Hall suggested working with New Hope Village homeless shelter as a place to park trailers.
“Let Red Cross set time limits,” he said.
He called attention to a federal lawsuit involving the trailers.
“Now is the time to take advantage of the low price,” Kahrs said. “All fire chiefs understand what Red Cross can do. They need to contact Red Cross within 72 hours (of the fire) or Red Cross will not respond. Families and insurance are supposed to help you in the long-term.”
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