Toledo agencies unite to share valuable information

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We thought this was an excellent opportunity to partner with other agencies and share valuable information to help residents become more financially stable and not resort to these other methods that can cause fires.

Volunteers from The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, Columbia Gas, and East Toledo Family Center are coming together to pass out free community resource information to East Toledo residents this weekend. On Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to noon these volunteers will canvass 1,000 homes near E. Broadway and Varland, offering educational assistance to help prevent home fires.

This first time event is coordinated by Americorps volunteer and Red Cross Community Preparedness Specialist Patricia Crawford. It features a variety of material from local nonprofit and government agencies including:

American Red Cross:

  • Be Red Cross Ready – Disaster Preparedness Basics
  • Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist
  • Columbia Gas:

  • Warm Choice Program
  • Ahorre Dinero
  • Natural gas bill assistance programs
  • East Toledo Family Center

    First Energy:

  • Energy Saving program
  • Energy Conservation Kit
  • Lucas County Land Bank:

  • Vacant lot and abandoned structure assistance
  • Lucas County Treasurer:

  • Delinquent tax installment payment plans
  • Neighbor Works

  • Energy Assistance Programs
  • Toledo - Lucas County Health Department:

  • Lead poisoning dangers
  • Rodent infestation prevention and assistance
  • United Way:

  • Free Tax Preparation
  • “The East Toledo area was chosen because of the high rate of home fires,” said Crawford, “We respond to disasters in the 43605 zip code often. In fact, it’s the fourth most effected zip code in Lucas County. Many of the fires are caused by the use of alternative heating sources. We thought this was an excellent opportunity to partner with other agencies and share valuable information to help residents become more financially stable and not resort to these other methods that can cause fires.”

    The American Red Cross responded to more than 600 fires throughout Northwest Ohio last year. The most common causes of those fires were cooking accidents and using alternative heating sources inappropriately.

    People interested in volunteering to canvass on Saturday morning can contact Crawford at the local Red Cross office at 419.329.2557 or patricia.crawford@redcross.org before 5:00 pm. Friday.

    This is the first of a series of disaster preparedness canvassing planned throughout Toledo by the Red Cross. Additional locations will be added in the spring. Organizations interested in sharing material with residents at these future events can contact Crawford at patricia.crawford@redcross.org or 419-329-2557.