Nationwide, the American Red Cross is calling for 35,000 volunteers to Sound the Alarm this fall to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 major cities across the country, helping to save lives and lessen the number of tragedies attributed to home fires. Among the 100 target markets are Greater Tampa Bay and Orlando, where a series of 10 Sound the Alarm events are scheduled over the course of 15 days.
In Central Florida, the Red Cross is seeking 600 volunteers to support 10 regional events currently scheduled for September 30, October 1, 6, 7, 10, 12 and 14. For a list of rally locations, please visit www.SoundTheAlarm.org/CentralFlorida and click on “Volunteer in the Central Florida Region.”
Sound the Alarm is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, in which Red Cross volunteers and partners canvass high-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create home fire escape plans.
Since 2014, Red Cross volunteers and partner organizations have installed 886,823 smoke alarms in 10,664 cities in all 50 states, serving more than 998,500 people. To date, the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is responsible for saving 258 lives across the U.S., In Central Florida alone, Red Cross volunteers and partners have installed more 21,000 free smoke alarms over the past three years, making more than 9,000 local families safer.
HOW TO HELP
Join this Red Cross effort today by volunteering to install smoke alarms in our community, make a financial contribution, or take steps to protect your own family from home fires. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.
Volunteer to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.
Visit SoundTheAlarm.org/CentralFlorida to find local events and join neighbors in going door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans. Make this life-saving campaign a group activity. Invite friends and family to register.
Donate to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.
Visit SoundTheAlarm.org to help families prepare, respond and recover from home fires. Your donation will help educate families on fire safety; install free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods nationwide; and provide food, comfort and aid to those who have been affected by a home fire.
The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from national partners: Almost Family and Delta Air Lines. The Red Cross has also received funding from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program
The Central Florida Region of the American Red Cross serves 19 counties through five chapters: Florida’s Space Coast (Daytona Beach), Greater Orlando, Mid-Florida (Winter Haven), Southwest Florida (Sarasota) and Tampa Bay. For more information, visit redcross.org/centralflorida.
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.