Dead By Murder This Year

August 31, 2007

207 -- The number of murders or unjustified homicides in Baltimore so far, as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday. By Aug. 30, 2006, the city had recorded 179 murders. SOURCE BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT

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FIRE STUFF

Kevin........

generally speaking, the red cross is a non profit organization. We work under a ....our basic charter eminates from congress. Red cross charted to resond to disasters in 1907....goes back tko clara barton. That's kind of where the beginina comes from. ....out of htat has become that the red cross responds now to individaul disasters. Primarily that is single familh and mutli unit fires......

pretty much from eyar to year it stays pretty true......

fire season...official fire season is dec, jan, feb. it's called that b/c 5 out of 7 fires take place in those thre emonths. 60 percent of all fatal fires take place in those three months. Those are national fire prevention agency....NFPA.....they'r enot a govt agency, I think they're a for profit company. They're the principal resource or researcher. Do all the analysis of firs in the united states......

that's our main thing. The way we respond to those fires. Our organzation is primiarly volunteers. We have 14 paid staff. Here. That's mostly administration and support to keep everything in place so that the system works. Additionally we have six people from an americopr program called......volunteers spared across balt and surrounded...about 300 volunteers. 315.

our vlunteers are broken down into three groups. Disaster health services, which are nurses. Disaster mental health which are primarily crsis counselors...licensed mental health workers. Have to be licensed nurse. And then we have the rest are in disaster action teams. There's a team for each county and one for balt city/ county. Those teams are made up of the people that respond to the fires, meet with the victims, take care of their immediate food clothing and shelter needs. Our ....we do that by dispersing oders. A voucher that are then accepted by merchants who we have agreements with. And the clients can use those to purchase clothing, shelter (hotel) and food. That's pretty much a.....if they need disaster nursing or mental health to augment what they have on the scnee, thye'll call thema nd birng htem in as well. The disaster nurses.....involved in asisting with replacement of medications that have been lost. Help verify and coordinate.

abt 50 nurses and 60 mental health. 220 or so......

you don't necessarily get....you gotta go when the disaster strikes. You've got people who are willing to drop what htye're doing and run out. Each team operates pretty much independently....in the balitmore county/balt city where most of our work is by the way, most of the team members are equipped with an alpha pager and many with a nextel telephone. Each week we put out a dispatch roster that goes out to all fire departments and our answering serivce and a number of other places. After hours the calls go to a dispatcher who will then dispatch a team. In balt city they send out a page. And put a team together. Come to office. Pick up a vehicle stocked with supplies....go to fire scenea nd meet with clients and do case work. They do the initial case work, take care of immediate needs. Case brot back her eand assigned to case worker. 4 of full time employees are licensed social workers who do followup to help them get their life back to the pre-disaster situation.....James Winfield is the case work manager. He authorized 3, w'ere short one right now. We augment that with voluenteers who've been around a while....just sent.....Mr. Winfield. That goes every day. So they're out....they went out to do that. The case workers sit down and talk to pepel thru revocery and make referrals. We do have the ability to do some additional assistance besides immediate food and shelter. Get invlved with replacing critical furniture items.....we can provide services or referrrals to other agencies . that's pretty much al done by social workers here in city and volunteers out in the counties.

balt city....# of cases last year 494..county 123. Carrol county 27. Caroline county 16. Harford cty .....the majority of the case work is in baltimore city/balt county. And to a lesser extent anne arundle. Most of the anne arundle cases and hartford caes are very close to balt. Hartford cases mostly up in aberdeen.

howard conty virtually has no activity. They do come in. during palzinsky hostage situation we had each county took a shift. We trie dot involve as many people as posible. Person who ran operation was anne arundle county volunteer......

red cross kind of has a rep for primarily retired folks. Are able to devote the time. If you go out on a national job almost all retirees......

it's nothing I know of off the top of my hert. Leslie freize, one of our fullitme people had a fire years ago and the red cross responded.....

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