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It is Alarming How Important Fire Safety Can Be

Red Cross Maine FemaCorp

Portland, Maine- On January 31, 2015, an AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA-Corps team is partnering with the Southern Maine Chapter of the American Red Cross for a community service day in raising awareness for the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, specifically Nook’s Corner in Portland. This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and volunteers will gather at Breakwater School on 856 Brighton Ave.

Volunteers will be going door-to-door distributing door hangers to promote the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The door hangers contain fire safety tips and information for free fire alarm installation. The event is in part preparation for a larger canvassing and installing event on February 7 and the door hangers inform residents that the American Red Cross will be visiting in the coming weeks. Volunteers are asked to dress appropriately for the weather as you will be outside.

For further information about the January 31 event or the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in general, please contact the Southern Maine Chapter of the American Red Cross at 207-874-1192 or email FireSafety4ME@redcross.org. For more information on the role of NCCC members in the event, contact Joseph Konstanzer at joseoph.konstanzer@fema.dhs.gov.

The American Red Cross is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and its mission is to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Home Fires are the most common disaster causing approximately 2500 deaths a year. The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is a national effort to reduce the number of fire deaths by 25% in five years.

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps units engage 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.