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Volunteers Servce by Sharing Fire Safety Tips on MLK Day of Service

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties and HOPE worldwide Washington will bring together local volunteers for a day of disaster preparedness.

Who: Volunteers from the local American Red Cross and HOPE worldwide chapters. This is the fourth year the two organizations have partnered together to help keep families safe and strong.

What: Volunteers will canvass door-to-door throughout local neighborhoods, talk with residents and leave behind door hangers with safety information. The door hangers include information about smoke alarms, creating a household fire escape plan and tips for cooking and heating a home safely this winter. The door hangers provide information in English and Spanish.

Before canvassing near-by neighborhoods, volunteers will gather at the Clarion Hotel in Federal Way (31611 20th Ave S). Former Seahawk Mack Strong, Red Cross CEO Randy Hutson and Councilman Roger Freeman will be on hand.

When: Monday, January 17, 2011

9:00 a.m. Welcome breakfast.

9:15 a.m. : Program which includes speakers Mack Strong, Randy Hutson and Councilman Roger Freeman

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Canvassing of fire safety materials in local neighborhoods

Where: Canvassing will take place in Federal Way neighborhoods.

Why: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized that strong families and communities make dreams come true. The Red Cross and Hope worldwide want to honor that legacy by keeping local neighborhoods safe.

Home fires remain one of the most common disaster threat. The American Red Cross responds to a residential fire every other day in King County. Federal Way is one of the top five communities that the Red Cross responds to fires in King County. In the last year, the Red Cross has seen an increase of 21% in disaster responses in King County.

When the weather gets colder the potential for home fires increases. This year the potential for home fires may increase as people, concerned about the cost of heating their homes, plan to use an alternative source of heat- like a space heater or stove- to lower their bills this winter.

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The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. For more information, visit

HOPE worldwide is an international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy. For more information, visit

Media Contact: Katherine Boury, 206.726.3547