EAST LA RESILIENCY COALITION, DISNEY EMPLOYEES TEAM WITH RED CROSS TO REDUCE HOME FIRE DEATHS
Los Angeles, CA, October 27, 2016 — In its continued efforts to implement its community disaster resiliency plan, the East Los Angeles Preparedness and Resiliency Coalition with the support of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, will team up with partners to deliver free home fire preparedness resources to families and individuals near Belvedere Community Regional Park on Saturday, October 29th.
Members of the coalition along with American Red Cross volunteers, Mercy Worldwide, the LAUSD School Police and Disney VoluntEARS will go door to door and install free fire alarms to homes where families have made prior appointments or have been identified as high risk.
“The East LA coalition has done great work on educating its residents on the importance of knowing fire safety at home and having working smoke alarms,” says Margaret Arbini- Madonna, Executive Director for local Red Cross Chapter. “With at least seven people losing their lives every day due to home fires in America, home fire education is a pressing issue. We will continue to support the coalition’s efforts to build their community disaster resiliency with our free disaster preparedness programs and smoke alarms” The coalition’s last Home Fire Campaign efforts resulted in visiting 260 homes and installing 560 free smoke alarms in June.
The East Los Angeles Preparedness and Resiliency Coalition is comprised of a diverse cross section of community members and is dedicated to building disaster resiliency in its community. Members include East LA organizations such as office of Representative Lucille Roybal – Allard, Homeboy Industries, Alma Family Services, Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, Centro Maravilla Service Center, ELA Community Service Center, Inner City Struggle, KIPP Public Charter Schools, Rotary Club of East Los Angeles, Salesian High School, YMCA, Roybal Clinic, MAOF, YWCA, and Women's Center ELA.
During National Preparedness Month last September, the coalition’s members joined the American Red Cross to participate in a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training as part of its community resiliency plan. The CERT training included having the coalition’s members participate in a live disaster rescue simulation.
The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) in 2015 noted that there were 1,345,000 home fires resulting in 3,280 deaths and 15,700 civilian injuries across the country. The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year and most of these are home fires. Between October 2014 and June 2016, the LA region campaign has taken place in 34 cities on Saturday mornings, installing more than 9,000 free smoke alarms, creating 1,417 evacuation plans and 2,045 in-home visits so far.
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 redcrossla.org or cruzrojaLA.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA.