Over 60 Red Cross Volunteers, together with community partner groups and FEMA team members, were on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation last weekend providing fire safety preparedness education, escape planning, and installing 150 smoke alarms in 64 homes.
Seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire. Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years. This weekend’s installations were part of this Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.
“Our community safety is our top priority,” said Daniel S. Collins, Vice Chairman of the Shinnecock Indian Nation. “These preparedness efforts directly impact the lives and well being of our residents.”
“We are honored to have this unique opportunity to work on tribal land with partners like the Port Washington Crisis Relief Team and FEMA to better prepare our local communities,” said John Miller, CEO of the Long Island Red Cross. “Many tragic consequences of home fires are preventable. This program will help us continue to save lives every day.”
Jerome Hatfield, FEMA Region II Regional Administrator added, “We are proud to work with the American Red Cross on this important project, which upholds FEMA’s mission to help citizens reduce hazards in their homes.”
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires. On Long Island, the Red Cross provides emergency relief following approximately 200 disasters a year, mostly home fires, impacting hundreds of families.
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/li or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.