Volunteers Spread Preparedness in Denver Neighborhoods

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Volunteers visited 3,129 households with lifesaving information.

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Disasters can strike suddenly, anytime and anywhere. Everyone can take steps to become better prepared.

In hopes of helping families prepare for disasters and emergencies, and avert the tragic losses that come with them, nearly 200 HOPE worldwide and American Red Cross volunteers went door-to-door to more than 3,000 Denver homes on Saturday, Jan. 18, to distribute disaster preparedness resources that could save lives and livelihoods.

A total of 184 volunteers spent a “day on instead of a day off” in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. They visited 3,129 households, spoke with 877 Denver residents about preparedness and distributed thousands of door hangers with helpful disaster preparedness information.

Volunteers started in the Sloans Lake area and canvassed Denver neighborhoods to speak with residents about making a plan for any disaster. They also shared preparedness guidance such as designating a meeting place in case family members get separated and identifying responsibilities of each household member.

Saturday’s event was part of an annual, nationwide Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service campaign that aims to promote volunteerism in honor of the legacy of the historic Civil Rights leader. Now its seventh year, the effort in Colorado has brought safety and preparedness information to more than 24,000 households in Colorado