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40+ NYC Pols “Sound the Alarm” to End Home Fires

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“The Greater New York Red Cross is proud to team up with our New York City partners."

More than 40 local elected officials are teaming up with the Red Cross to “Sound the Alarm” to end home fires in late April and early May. These individuals at the local, state and national level are offering their voice and support to upcoming Red Cross fire safety initiatives as official “Sound the Alarm” Champions.

Watch “Sound the Alarm” videos from NY elected officials

“The Greater New York Red Cross is proud to team up with our New York City partners to help make our communities safer and more prepared,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, American Red Cross in Greater New York.

The “Sound the Alarm” home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in NYC are part of a national campaign between April 28-May 13, when Red Cross chapters across the country will install over 100,000 smoke alarms.

Among these Champions are Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, representing the two boroughs hosting fire safety events in the coming weeks. Their support has taken the form of a Brooklyn/Bronx fire safety challenge:

“Borough President Diaz, we’re going to out-install you in the borough of Brooklyn,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “The County of Kings is going to show you how it’s done right.”

Watch Full Brooklyn Borough President Adams issue challenge

“We’ve been challenged by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and let’s show him that here in the Bronx we do it bigger and better. We are the home of the Yankees, the birthplace of hip hop, and el condado de la salsa, and he’s challenged us and said that Brooklyn can install more fire alarms than the boogie-down Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz. “So join me, and let’s send Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams a strong message that in the Bronx, we do it better.”

Watch Full Bronx Borough President Diaz accept challenge

Since kicking off this fire safety program four years ago, the American Red Cross and their partners across the country have installed more than 1 million smoke alarms and prepared more than 1 million people against home fires. To date, more than 400 lives have been saved thanks to this initiative. In NYC alone, the Red Cross has installed nearly 70,000 smoke alarms.

These NYC events are made possible through the generous support of partners like BBDO, CBS Corporation, Dentsu Aegis Network, the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), the FDNY Foundation, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Turner Construction, and the New York Yankees.

Champions in Brooklyn:

Borough President Eric L. Adams; Council member Alan Maisel; Council member Jumaane D. Williams; Council member Mathieu Eugene; Council member Inez D. Barron; Council member Alicka Ampry-Samuel; Council member Laurie A. Cumbo; Council member Robert E. Cornegy Jr.; Council member Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.; Assembly member Jaime R. Williams; Assembly member Helene E. Weinstein; Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte; Assembly member Diana C. Richardson; Assembly member Tremaine Wright; Assembly member Walter T. Mosley; Assembly member Maritza Davila; Assembly member Erik M. Dilan; Senator Martin Malavé Dilan; Senator Jesse Hamilton; Senator Roxanne J. Persaud; Senator Kevin S. Parker; Congress member Yvette Clarke; Congress member Hakeem Jeffries

Champions in Bronx:

Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.; Congress member Jose E. Serrano; Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie; Assembly member Michael Blake; Assembly member Marcos Crespo; Assembly member Latoya Joyner; Assembly member Jeffrey Dinowitz; Senator Gustavo Rivera; Senator Jose M. Serrano; Senator Jamaal Bailey; Council member Vanessa Gibson; Council member Rafael Salamanca, Jr.; Council member Ritchie J. Torres; Council member Fernando Cabrera; Council member Ruben Diaz; Council member Andy King; Council member Andrew Cohen 

“Sound the Alarm” is a year-round program available to NYers from all boroughs. To sign up for a free smoke alarm, to join as a volunteer or to provide financial support visit SoundtheAlarm.org/nyc.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/GNY or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossny.