The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to help make 300 people safer by installing free smoke alarms for local families during a Sound the Alarm home fire safety event in Brookings on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“Sound the Alarm is a rewarding way to give back and directly help local families,” said Patty Brooks, executive director for the American Red Cross serving Eastern South Dakota. “It’s a day of coming together to support one another, especially those most at-risk for home fires.”
The Red Cross is rallying volunteers – and groups of volunteers – in the Brookings area. No prior experience is needed. People can register now at soundthealarm.org/mndaks.
Training will be provided at the Brookings Elks Lodge before volunteer teams — with members of the Red Cross and community partners to install smoke alarms and help them create a two-minute fire escape plan. People need to wear comfy walking shoes. Breakfast, lunch and snacks, plus a free t-shirt, equipment and a map will be provided.
“It’s a great feeling to know that you can do something in your local community, and you just know that you’re making a difference,” said Lowell Perman, Red Cross volunteer who helped install smoke alarms in the region last year. “What was really amazing to me was many of the smoke alarms we replace have missing pieces or were just too old and didn’t work – giving people a false sense of security.”
If you need a smoke alarm
Residents in the Brookings area can visit soundthealarm.org/mndaks to schedule an appointment for a free smoke alarm installation during this Red Cross Sound the Alarm event.
Sound the Alarm
Home fires claim seven lives every day in the U.S. — but having working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. Since the Home Fire Campaign launched in 2014, the American Red Cross has made incredible strides to serve the communities that need us most, installing more than 2.5 million smoke alarms, saving at least 1,583 lives and making more than 1 million households safer across the country.
In only the past three years, in the Minnesota and Dakotas Region the Red Cross volunteers and partners have:
· Installed more than 6,400 free smoke alarms
· Made more than 2,200 households safer
· Educated more than 1,300 children through youth preparedness programs
Donations help provide free services
Because of generous donations, all services are free and available for people in need. Can’t join the event? Donate to the Red Cross at soundthealarm.org/mndaks help people prepare for, respond to and recover from home fires — which account for most of the U.S. disasters that the Red Cross responds to every eight minutes. Over the past three years, Red Cross volunteers responded to more than 3,000 home fires in the Minnesota and Dakotas region – helping more than 11,000 neighbors in need.
This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from regional partners: Border States Electric, Medica, Scheels, Ames Construction, Gate City Bank, Nodak Insurance, Marathon, Lewis Drug, and Sanford Health.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. It 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 not a governmental agency, but rather a not-for-profit humanitarian organization.
The Minnesota and Dakotas Region of the Red Cross serves 7.3 million people in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, for more information, please visit redcross.org/mndaks.