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Red Cross Offers Disaster Mental Health Services

Published On: Feb 11 2013 07:55:30 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

The Red Cross is helping a Shasta County family who lost everything when their home burned over the weekend.

The fire started at about 4:30 on Sunday afternoon on Hill St. in Anderson.

A 17 year old girl who lived at the home ran back inside to save her pets. She ended up with severe burns and was taken to Mercy Medical Center.

Eric Kiltz, an Emergency Services Coordinator for the Red Cross said they put the family up in a hotel Sunday night and are also offering what they call, disaster mental health services.

"Anyone who's traumatized or just needs a little, you know, emotional support coping with a disaster than they can come and provide that support. Because of the nature of what happened to the pets and the injury involved, we offered it in that case," he said.

Kiltz said everyone on their mental health team is a volunteer. He said the services are free and are always available, especially when there is an injury involved.

He also told us the Red Cross is in need of more mental health volunteers.

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