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Red Cross Hosting Press Conference with Tri City Mayors

The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York is planning its largest local home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event ever this fall. From September 23 through October 15, the Red Cross will Sound the Alarm in more than 100 cities and towns nationwide to help save lives from home fires. 

Locally, the Red Cross is joining forces with the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy for a massive fire safety event. Mayors Kathy Sheehan, Gary McCarthy and Patrick Madden will join the Red Cross for a press conference announcing this initiative on Monday, July 17 at 11:00 A.M.

Albany-Schenectady-Troy Sound the Alarm Kickoff Press Conference

Monday, July 17, 2017
11:00 A.M. 

American Red Cross of Northeastern New York
33 Everett Road
Albany, NY 12205

Mayor Kathy Sheehan, City of Albany
Mayor Gary McCarthy, City of Schenectady
Mayor Patrick Madden, City of Troy
Gary Striar, Regional CEO, American Red Cross

Kimmy Venter, Director of Communications
American Red Cross Eastern New York Region
(518) 410-0481


About the Home Fire Campaign:
The American Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Home fires are a significant threat to our communities, claiming seven lives every day across the United States. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half; having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. That’s why the Red Cross launched its Home Fire Campaign in 2014, aiming to end these tragedies and save lives.

The Home Fire Campaign is making a difference across the country. Since 2014, the Red Cross and our partners in more than 10,000 cities and towns have installed 886,000 free smoke alarms and made 368,000 households safer. In Eastern New York, we have installed more than 9,000 smoke alarms and provided hundreds of families with fire prevention and safety education. Already, at least 14 lives have been saved in our region thanks to this effort. To learn more, please visit

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