Red Cross prepares communities for MLK Day of service project
American Red Cross volunteers will be educating communities on fire safety and emergency planning this weekend as a part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
partnership with HOPE worldwide, Red Cross volunteers in more than 35
cities will canvass neighborhoods, talk with residents and hand out door
hangers on fire prevention, the importance of maintaining working smoke
alarms and tips for creating an emergency plan.
American Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters every year—and
more than 90 percent are fire-related," said Jim Starr, vice president
of Volunteer Management for the Red Cross. "In the spirit of the Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Red Cross volunteers will go
door-to-door to personally talk with residents about how they can
prevent home fires and create an emergency plan."
43 percent of American families have an established household emergency
plan, according to a recent FEMA report. In addition, while an
out-of-town emergency contact person can be vital in helping people
reconnect with loved ones or find temporary shelter during an emergency,
less than one in three Americans—only 32 percent—have identified an
out-of-town emergency contact.
To engage youth in keeping communities safe, the Red Cross MLK Day of Service activities will kick-off Youth Preparedness Week,
January 20 – 24. Red Cross chapters and youth volunteers will focus on
reaching young people with preparedness tips and information through
social media, Red Cross Clubs and training opportunities.
and young people can really make a difference in their communities,"
said Russ Paulsen, executive director of Community Preparedness and
Resilience Services for the Red Cross. "Fires and other disasters ruin
lives in America every day, but it doesn't have to be that way. Young
people can show all of us how we can be better prepared."
is the seventh year the Red Cross and HOPE worldwide have joined forces
to mark the MLK holiday with a disaster preparedness service project.
September, FEMA honored the Red Cross and HOPE worldwide with a 2013
FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Honorable Mention for their
efforts to spread fire prevention and preparedness messages over the
2012 and 2013 MLK service days and the National Day of Service and
Remembrance on September 11, 2012. Through these three events, 16,000
volunteers reached 349,000 households and held 58,000 conversations
about fire safety and prevention.
People seeking additional information on fire safety and creating an emergency plan, should visit the American Red Cross website.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:42:09 GMT
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