On January 18, the American Red Cross, HOPE Worldwide and the Midwest City Fire Department joined forces to help get important home fire prevention information to residents in Midwest City.
This was for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Other volunteers assisting included:
In the Central and Western Oklahoma region of the American Red Cross, there were 555 fire related disaster. Volunteers assisted more than 2,000 clients. Included in that number is the 274 fire related disaster in the Oklahoma City Metro. Of those more than 2,000 clients, 504 were helped in the metro area.
“Fire kills more people than tornadoes,” said Midwest City Fire Chief Jarrett Metheny. “It’s a real problem and these volunteers are here to make a difference. Thank you to the Red Cross for putting this on.”
A total of 105 volunteers and youth volunteers walked around a one square mile area of Midwest City with fire prevention information in both English and Spanish. In all, volunteers visited 1,120 homes. They also asked if residents had a working smoke detector. If they didn’t, the Midwest City Fire Department installed one provided by the Red Cross.
One of those needing a smoke detector was Cynthia Watkins. “Ours was broken and we were actually going to get one today,” She said. “This was perfect timing. It means the world to me the Red Cross provided me a detector.”
A total of 54 smoke detectors were installed in the area visited by volunteers as well as 53 batteries supplied for those needing replacements.
Once volunteers were done passing out information, they received preparedness information through games and other activities. Preparedness topics covered home fire safety, tornado, wildfire, thunderstorm and flooding preparedness.
The Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma is committed to providing residents with important preparedness information. The goal is to build a strong community that is also more resilient following disasters. The Red Cross plans to conduct more canvassing events across the region providing fire safety as well as other disaster preparedness including tornadoes and wildfires.
Home fire prevention information can be found at www.redcross.org/homefires.