For 170 Red Cross volunteers across Greater New York, this weekend was all about saving lives. This past Saturday, Red Cross was busy installing nearly 600 smoke alarms and educating hundreds of families in fire safety as part of the organization’s Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.
Dedicated Red Cross volunteers went door to door in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Patchogue, Long Island; and Peekskill, Westchester providing free smoke alarm installations, and disseminating lifesaving information.
Launched last October, the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is a national Red Cross effort aimed at reducing the number of fire deaths and injuries by up to 25 percent in the next five years.
These community events would not be possible without the help of Red Cross local partners. On Long Island, the Patchogue COAD (Community Organization Active in Disaster) and Astoria Bank supported this effort. Additionally, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Colarco and Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Foley lent their support in Patchogue. In Peekskill our volunteers worked alongside Peekskill’s OEM and CERT teams. Mira USA, a Latino nonprofit, had volunteers working side by side with Red Cross staff in Bushwick. Red Cross teams in Bushwick also received support from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
The Red Cross will be actively carrying out this campaign across the region in the months and years to come, harnessing the power of selfless volunteers. The initiative targets neighborhoods most at risk for home fires.
“I am encouraged and motivated by the energy, drive and passion of the volunteers that come out every day, week and month to provide critical fire safety education and save lives in the communities they live and work in!” says Red Cross home fire preparedness program director Joseph Spacarelli.
To learn more about the Red Cross’ Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, and how you can protect your neighborhood from deadly fires here.