Red Cross Hits Baltimore Streets to Save Lives

Baltimore — American Red Cross volunteers will be hitting the streets to bring preparedness and recovery information to a Baltimore neighborhood whose residents are relentlessly the victim of home fires. Red Cross will distribute disaster preparedness materials and meet with families throughout zip code 21215 between 9:30AM – 11:30AM then again from 1:00PM- 3:30PM on Friday, September 20th. Exact street locations are available upon request.

The Red Cross will be joined by members of the Baltimore City Fire Department who will provide residents with information about how obtain free smoke detectors and installation. About 100 trained Red Cross disaster mental health workers and members of the Maryland Chapter of National Academy of Social Workers will also talk to residents about how to cope with the emotional after effects of a home fire including the loss of a loved one.

Home fires disrupt the lives of an average of two to three families every day in Central Maryland. When fires happen the Red Cross provides emergency relief including shelter and financial assistance to replace food, clothing, medication and just about every other immediate need a family may have. Our caseworkers are also there to make sure the emotional needs of families are taken care of.

Make sure your family is ready for any emergency. When disaster strikes, every second counts and it’s crucial to know exactly what to do. Visit www.redcross.org to get the right emergency plan for your family – we’ll show you how.

About the Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region:

The American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or Tweet us at www.twitter.com/RedCrossMD.