Duluth, MINN., March 28, 2016 – Local American Red Cross volunteers are helping five people after two fires – a duplex fire on 5th St. in Duluth on March 28 and another home fire on Hwy. 31 in Brookston on March 27. Following devastating home fires, Red Cross volunteers meet with those affected, providing financial assistance and resources to ensure they have a safe place to stay, clothing, food, and health services. In addition, Red Cross disaster responders provide emotional support for families, giving them someone to talk to and to help them figure out what comes next for recovery and other community resources.
Home Fire Campaign
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. To date, the Home Fire Campaign is credited with saving 77 lives nationwide. As part of the campaign the Red Cross is joining fire departments and community groups to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires.
To help the community prepare for disaster, the Red Cross has an upcoming Home Fire Campaign in Superior, Wisconsin:
Thursday, April 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Red Cross is looking for volunteers to do canvassing and talk to people about their own preparedness plan. Volunteers will also be working in teams of three installing smoke alarms in people’s homes. No experience necessary and on-site training will be provided. For more information, please contact the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota at (218) 722-0071.
In addition, the Red Cross is asking every household to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit redcross.org/homefires. Download the Red Cross First Aid App at redcross.org/apps to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns.
You Can Help
By empowering local volunteers, the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. Become a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit redcross.org/mn. Through the generosity of donors, the Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross responds to more than 600 disasters every year, most are home fires. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Click redcross.org/mn, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota, 2524 Maple Grove Rd., Duluth, MN 55811.