Local events are part of national effort to install 100,000 alarms in 2 weeks;
Red Cross also urges people to test alarms
The Mississippi Region America Red Cross seeks volunteers to help install 100,000 free smoke alarms during a two-week push of Sound the Alarm home fire safety events next month.
People can register now at SoundTheAlarm.org or SoundTheAlarm.org/Mississippi to volunteer at home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in Jackson (April 27), Hattiesburg (May 4), and Tupelo (May 11), and raise donations to help save lives from home fires. These crises are the nation’s most frequent disaster and kill seven people each day—often in homes without working smoke alarms.
“Neighbors vulnerable to home fires need your support today to prevent needless tragedies,” said Cheryl Kocurek, regional preparedness manager for American Red Cross Mississippi Region. “You can help families by ensuring they have working smoke alarms and know how to stay safe from these everyday disasters. Please join us to volunteer and raise funds to support our free, lifesaving services.”
WHAT IS SOUND THE ALARM From April 27 to May 12, the Red Cross is rallying 30,000 volunteers and partners to install 100,000 free smoke alarms and help families create home fire escape plans in 100 high-risk communities nationwide. Services are free for all those in need and being provided with local fire departments and community partners in Mississippi neighborhoods, where 100 volunteers are needed for each event.
OUR CAMPAIGN TO #ENDHOMEFIRES Sound the Alarm events are part of the Home Fire Campaign, which the Red Cross launched in 2014 to reduce fire deaths and injuries. So far, it has reached more than 1.7 million people and saved more than 520 lives nationwide. In the Mississippi Region, seven lives have been saved. Last fiscal year, Mississippi Red Cross volunteers and local partners:
- Installed more than 6,300 free smoke alarms
- Made more than 2,400 households safer through education talks
- Reached roughly 3,500 children through youth preparedness programs
The Red Cross urges all households to test their smoke alarms and replace alarm batteries if needed.
Sound the Alarm is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from regional sponsors. The 2019 regional sponsors are Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, Trustmark, Toyota Mississippi, State Farm, and Eaton.
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 @RedCrossMiss and Facebook @RedCrossMS.