The Iowa chapter of the American Red Cross is wrapping up a busy 2013. It was a year of deadly tornadoes, fierce wildfires, and destructive floods around the United States. The regional communication officer for the Red Cross, Kara Kelly, says nearly 16-hundred (1,600) Iowans volunteered to help recovery efforts.
However, most of the volunteer efforts take place within Iowa assisting people displaced by house fires.
The Red Cross responded to more than 400 house fires in the state during 2013.