The biggest disaster threat to families isn’t floods or tornadoes; it’s fire. Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire.
The Cause for Alarm! program is designed to help reduce injury, death and property loss caused by home fires by offering free smoke alarms to those in need. The program targets homeowners who cannot afford to purchase and/or install the alarms. Families who do not have a working smoke alarm --or are unsure if their smoke alarm works – can call the American Red Cross to make an appointment to have a free one installed. Trained Red Cross volunteers can install the alarms or replace batteries for residents and discuss fire safety with members of a household.
To get smoke alarms installed or batteries replaced, please call the Smoke Alarm Hotline at (816) 841-5242.
- Disaster Preparedness: Learn how to set up communication and escape plans as well as how to put together a disaster supply kit.
- Earthquake Safety: Learn earthquake basics and how to stay safe during and after an earthquake
- Fire Safety: Learn how to set up a family fire escape plan and improve your ability to get out of a fire alive
- Flood and Flash Flood Safety: Learn what to do in the event of a flood or flash flood watch or warning and how to set up a family disaster plan.
- Heat Wave Safety: Learn how to treat and respond to heat-related illness, such as heat stroke and other heat-wave hazards.
- Preparing for the Unexpected (1.5 hours): Learn what to do when disaster strikes, how to evacuate a home or office safely, how to shelter in place and understand basic care steps for an injured victim.
- Senior Disaster Preparedness: Learn about the medical needs to consider when preparing for a disaster.
- Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety: Learn about the different dangers of thunderstorms, their warning signals, and how to stay safe during and after a thunderstorm.
- Tornado Safety: Learn the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning and how to set up a family disaster plan.
- Winter Storm Safety: Learn about the hazards associated with winter weather and how to put together a family disaster supply kit.
- Pandemic Flu (1 hour): Learn how to prevent the spread of seasonal and pandemic flu.
- Disaster Preparedness for those with Disabilities: Participants will learn about creating a personal support network and the disaster preparedness needs to consider for people with disabilities.