The American Red Cross is seeking people to volunteer their time and help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event in the Bellevue area on May 12th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Sound the Alarm in Bellevue, and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires,” said Jill Orton, CEO for the American Red Cross serving Nebraska, Kansas, and Southwest Iowa. “By volunteering with the Red Cross, someone can truly make a difference in someone’s life. Please join us and help Sound the Alarm by volunteering on May 12th.”
If you are interested in volunteering to educate people about home fire safety and install free smoke alarms, visit the Sound the Alarm information on redcross.org. If you are interested in having free smoke alarms installed in your home, call United Way 211.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014 to end these tragedies and save lives.
Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. As of March 30th the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 381 lives through smoke alarm installation and home evacuation education. Closer to home, Red Cross volunteers have trained over 34,000 people through preparedness programs in Nebraska. They have also installed 2,700 free smoke alarms. Red Cross volunteers have also responded to 133 home fires in the Omaha area this past year.
To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, visit redcross.org. Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.