On May 22nd, volunteers and members of the Red Cross will join together with the Chicago Fire Department to install more than 250 free smoke alarms for local families vulnerable to home fires during a Sound the Alarm event in the Chicago neighborhoods of Pullman and Chatham. This effort is part of a national Red Cross Sound the Alarm initiative to install 50,000 free smoke alarms in more than 50 at-risk communities across the country in May.
Having a working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half. To date, our home fire campaign has helped save over 1,200 lives nationally and in Illinois, we have saved 33 people because of this program.
WHAT: Sound the Alarm kickoff with remarks and volunteer training, followed by smoke alarm installations at area homes where volunteer teams will also discuss home fire safety with families.
WHERE: Advocate Medical Group - Imani Village, 901 East 95th St, Chicago, IL 60619
WHEN: Sunday, May 22, 2022, 9 am kickoff; smoke alarm installations at area homes
to follow until 3 pm
WHO: --Celena Roldán, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Illinois
--Chicago Fire Department Leadership
--Red Cross Volunteers
Interviews available with speakers following the kickoff.
VISUALS: Opportunities for photos and b-roll of kickoff remarks, volunteer training and volunteers installing smoke alarms and meeting with local families.
Additional Red Cross b-roll
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members, and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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