Red Cross Volunteers to honor MLK Day with community service

Northeastern NY 01/11/13 Red Cross Volunteers to honor MLK Day with community service
“Fire is the biggest disaster threat to American families—not floods, hurricanes or tornadoes”

In honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, volunteers from the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Chapter (ARCNENY) and community organizations will be going door-to-door in the City of Albany on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2012, distributing information and talking to people about how to prevent home fires and how to escape safely should a fire occur.

“Fire is the biggest disaster threat to American families—not floods, hurricanes or tornadoes,” said ARCNENY Preparedness Associate Colleen Dundas. “And home fires are one disaster that can usually be prevented when people understand how to protect their families.”

ARCNENY’s Emergency Services Department is partnering with the Albany Fire Department, as well as the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York for the MLK Day of Service. Volunteers will talk to residents who are available, and will leave fire safety-tip door hangers for people who are not at home. The door hangers, printed in both English and Spanish, provide cooking and heating tips, and also highlight the importance of smoke alarms and the need to create and practice a fire escape plan.

ARCNENY expects approximately 40 volunteers to participate and anticipates each volunteer to canvas around 50 homes in the targeted neighborhoods that day.

Nationally, on average, the Red Cross provides food, shelter, comfort and hope to people affected by approximately 63,000 fires every year, or about one fire every eight minutes. The Northeastern New York Chapter responded to 170 residential home fires in 2012.

Schedule: Saturday, Jan 19, 2012:

10 a.m. – Registration and orientation for the day will be held at the NENY Chapter (33 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205).

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Canvassing of the Albany neighborhoods

For more information, please contact ARCNENY Preparedness Associate Colleen Dundas at (518) 458-8111 ext. 5121.