The American Red Cross launches Team Firestoppers in Southeast Mi

Through this program, we hope to give people in the community the tools needed to prepare themselves and their families in case of a fire.

The American Red Cross Team Firestoppers, a new community preparedness and resiliency program will hold a Fire Safety Fair on Friday, September 27, in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit where volunteer teams will be on hand to teach residents how to prevent, prepare for and respond to house fires. This is one of the first of many Team Firestoppers initiatives that will take place throughout the year. Team Members for the Target Corporation will also be on hand as volunteers working with Team Firestoppers to spread fire safety!

The Team Firestoppers program reaches community members through a three-pronged approach. Through Community Canvassing, Fire Safety Fairs and In-Home Visits, the program helps community members prevent, prepare for and respond to fires.

“Through this program, we hope to give people in the community the tools needed to prepare themselves and their families in case of a fire,” says Julie Phenis, Program Specialist for Team Firestoppers.

Community Canvassing will bring fire safety information to the community and provide a general introduction to the American Red Cross via door hangers. Canvassing will also allow businesses to show that they care about safety and preparedness though co-branding.

Fire Safety Fairs, will bring fire safety into local community organizations, churches, schools and other community based locations. Red Cross volunteers will bring safety materials, hold discussions and instructions on fire safety, preparedness, how to make an escape plan and more.

In-Home Visits will bring Red Cross volunteers into the homes of some of the community’s most vulnerable residents. Home visits will include, delivering and discussing fire safety materials, including smoke detectors; assisting residents in developing a disaster plan; giving a Be Ready Cross Ready presentation; doing a home hazard hunt and providing window insulation kits.

Team Firestoppers has been a successful program in the Greater Chicago Region for over 12 years and will be a welcomed addition to existing community outreach efforts from the American Red Cross, Southeastern Michigan Region and other businesses and communities.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.