On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, the Empire State Building was lit red and white to shine a light on the impact that local disasters, mostly home fires, have on our communities every day.
The occasion marked the last day of “March is Red Cross Month” and comes at a particularly busy time for the Greater NY Red Cross. Since last week’s tragic explosion in Manhattan, more than 100 Red Cross volunteers worked around the clock to help those affected cope with and recover from this terribly traumatic event. And as our teams were supporting the East Village, the Red Cross has continued to provide emergency relief across the Greater NY Region following an average of 8 disasters per day. Across the country, someone turns to the Red Cross for help every eight minutes.
Along with helping our neighbors after these emergencies, the Red Cross and its partners are also helping families prepare for the unexpected. We recently launched a fire safety effort to help reduce fire deaths and injuries over the next five years. As part of this campaign, the Red Cross has been installing free smoke alarms in homes across the region and talking to families one-on-one about the importance of fire safety. The Red Cross is also urging every household in America to take two simple steps that can save lives: checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.
None of this work would be possible without the support of Red Cross volunteers and donors. To learn more about who we help and how to join in, visit www.redcross.org/8minutes.
Thank you to the Empire State Building for making this possible.