Red Cross Calls for Volunteers to Sound the Alarm

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The American Red Cross is called for 35,000 volunteers to Sound the Alarm  to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 major cities across the country, helping to save lives and lessen the number of tragedies attributed to home fires.

Locally, the Red Cross San Bernardino County Chapter is sought volunteers to help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on January 20, 2018 in Adelanto from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Sound the Alarm event in Adelanto was part of a nationwide series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events. Since the Home Fire Campaign launched in 2014 the Red Cross has installed more than 1,070,944 free smoke alarms.

“Every day home fires are responsible for as many as seven deaths and 36 injuries in this country. We want that number reduced and so far, our Home Fire Campaign is responsible for saving 303 lives across the U.S.,” said Tony Briggs, Red Cross Regional Communications Director. “Please join us to Sound the Alarm here in Adelanto and help save lives. Be part of this lifesaving effort by registering to volunteer and making a financial donation. Visit SoundTheAlarm.org to learn more today.”  To register as a volunteer or for more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Christine Villafuerte 667-219-0092.

Sound the Alarm is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, in which Red Cross volunteers and partners canvass high-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans. This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from national partners: Almost Family and Delta Air Lines. The Red Cross has also received funding from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

Since 2014, Red Cross volunteers and members of more than 4,200 partner organizations have installed smoke alarms in more than 10,664 cities and towns in all 50 states, serving more than 998,500 people.

Here in San Bernardino County, Red Cross volunteers have responded to 104 home fires since July, 2017, offering assistance, health services as well as emotional and spiritual support.

Volunteer to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

  • Visit SoundTheAlarm.org to find events in your local community and join neighbors in going door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.
  • Make this life-saving campaign a group activity. Invite friends and family to register.
  • Donate to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.
  • Visit SoundTheAlarm.org to help families prepare, respond and recover from home fires.
  • Your donation will help educate families on fire safety; install free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods nationwide; and provide food, comfort and aid to those who have been affected by a home fire.

Join this Red Cross effort today by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, make a financial contribution, or take steps to protect your own family from home fires. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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