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Red Cross Calls for Volunteers to Sound the Alarm Here and Across the U.S.

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Red Cross Calls for Volunteers to Sound the Alarm Here and Across the U.S.


San Diego smoke alarm installation event part of

nationwide effort to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in 100 cities in just three weeks


SAN DIEGO – July 18, 2017 – The American Red Cross is calling for 35,000 volunteers to Sound the Alarm this fall to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 major cities across the country, helping to save lives and lessen the number of tragedies attributed to home fires.


Locally, the Red Cross is seeking 600 volunteers to help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event in Logan Heights. Approximately 300 volunteers are needed for the canvassing day on Saturday, September 23, to knock on 4,000 doors and get residents signed up to have the free smoke alarms installed. Another 300 volunteers are needed on Saturday, October 7 to return to registered homes to install smoke alarms. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed.


The Sound the Alarm event in Logan Heights is part of a nationwide series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events to be held between September 23 and October 15, culminating in the Red Cross’ installation of the one-millionth free smoke alarm since its Home Fire Campaign launched in 2014.


“Every day home fires are responsible for as many as seven deaths and 36 injuries in this country. We want that number reduced and so far our Home Fire Campaign is responsible for saving 258 lives across the U.S.,” said Charlene Zettel, Interim Regional CEO, American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “Please join us to Sound the Alarm here in San Diego and help save lives. Be part of this lifesaving effort by registering to volunteer and making a financial donation. Visit to learn more today.”


Sound the Alarm is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, in which Red Cross volunteers and partners canvass high-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans. This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from national partners: Almost Family and Delta Air Lines. The Red Cross has also received funding from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.


Since 2014, Red Cross volunteers and members of more than 4,200 partner organizations have installed 886,823 smoke alarms in 10,664 cities and towns in all 50 states, serving more than 998,500 people.


The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties covers all of San Diego and Imperial Counties as well as American Samoa. During fiscal year 2017 (July 2016 - June 2017), the local Red Cross responded to 236 home fires and installed 4,682 free smoke alarms in 1,417 homes as a part of the Home Fire Campaign.


Volunteer to help Sound the AlarmSave a Life.

·         Visit to find events in your local community and join neighbors in going door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.

·         Make this life-saving campaign a group activity. Invite friends and family to register.


Donate to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

·         Visit to help families prepare, respond and recover from home fires.

·         Your donation will help educate families on fire safety; install free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods nationwide; and provide food, comfort and aid to those who have been affected by a home fire.


Join this Red Cross effort today by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, make a financial contribution, or take steps to protect your own family from home fires. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.


For more information about the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, please


About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support, we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; services to deployed military personnel and their families, and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle.  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 or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.      


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