Thank you for volunteering for a Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation event! (Haven’t signed up yet? You can sign up here.)
If you have questions, want inspiration, or are looking for a way to support the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign even more, you’re in the right place.
As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic grows, the American Red Cross continues to work closely with public health officials to deliver our lifesaving mission where and when it’s safe to do so. To protect everyone’s safety, we have postponed all Sound the Alarm events, home fire safety visits and preparedness presentations until further notice.
Our top priority is protecting the people we serve and our volunteers, and we made this decision following the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to avoid gathering in groups unless essential.
For specific steps you can take to protect yourself and your family during the coronavirus 2019 pandemic, visit our coronavirus safety hub.
When Is Your Event?
For the date, time and location of your event, please see your registration confirmation email (sent from American Red Cross) or log in to Volunteer Connection, click “My Profile” and select “Shift/Hours” from the sub-menu.
More Ways to Get Involved
Invite Friends & Family to Attend an Installation Event with You Sound the Alarm is even more fun with friends, so we encourage you to bring a friend or family member along with you. Just tell them to sign up at SoundTheAlarm.org. And if you’re sharing on social media, please use #EndHomeFires in your messages.
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Watch for Sound the Alarm Updates from Your Local Red Cross
You’ll be receiving periodic email updates from the Red Cross region that is hosting your Sound the Alarm installation event. These will include topics such as event logistics, online training resources and what to expect at your event.
You should receive emails (and text messages if you’ve opted in) leading up to your event date.
We will also follow up after your event with a brief survey as your input is important to us!
Opt in for Text Updates
Always be the first to know! If you haven’t already opted in to receive text messages, log in to Volunteer Connection, click “My Profile” and select “My Personal Info” from the sub-menu. There you can click “Edit” and input your cell phone number. Message and data rates may apply.
Prepare for Installation Day
Be Sure to Watch Our Training Videos
We want to make sure that you’re prepared to make our communities safer – and that you have a great volunteer experience. That's why we developed short, streamlined training videos to help you get ready for your Sound the Alarm experience. These videos will help you understand more about the Home Fire Campaign and Sound the Alarm events as well as how to conduct an in-home visit with safety, quality and effectiveness. Watch Sound the Alarm videos on YouTube »
Wear Comfortable, Weather-Appropriate Clothes & Shoes
Your Sound the Alarm event will take place rain or shine and may require a lot of walking around outdoors. We recommend that you check the weather forecast to see whether you will need a jacket, hat, umbrella, sunscreen or other weather-related items. Whatever the weather, dress comfortably and be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Here’s What to Expect at Your Sound the Alarm Event
Although each Sound the Alarm installation event is unique, many events follow a similar structure. Here’s what you can expect in general. Your local Red Cross will be in touch with specific information about your event.
Part 1: Registration and Rally
Your day will likely begin with an onsite registration where you’ll learn who your teammates are and receive a map of your installation route.
Some events will have a free breakfast for volunteers. Enjoy!
There may be a rally so we can thank you for volunteering and conduct some brief training.
You’ll receive supplies such as a drill, stepladder, smoke alarms, and educational materials.
Part 2: Installation
Next you’ll head to your installation route. You and your teammates may be able to walk there, or you may need to drive or take other transportation.
You’ll introduce yourself to residents and ask if they would like to receive free smoke alarms and learn about home fire safety.
When you enter a home, someone from your team will install alarms, while another member will conduct education and another will record information about the number of alarms installed.
You’ll repeat this until you have visited your entire route.
Part 3: Finale
When you’re done, you’ll return to your meeting place to drop off your remaining supplies and report on the number of homes you visited and alarms you installed.
Some events may have free lunch or snacks.
You may be asked to take a selfie, post your results on a whiteboard, or otherwise celebrate a successful day of volunteering!
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How do I cancel my registration?
We’re sorry you’re unable to attend. To cancel your event registration, click here and enter your zip code. Select the event you registered for and then click next (note: you may be asked to log in to Volunteer Connection at this point). From there, you will see the Event Details page and you can cancel your reservation at the bottom.
Will the Red Cross cancel or postpone the Sound the Alarm event in our community due to the coronavirus?
Our top priority is protecting the well-being of the people we serve and our volunteers, while delivering lifesaving services. Because the global COVID-19 pandemic has grown rapidly in the U.S., we have postponed all Sound the Alarm events, home fire safety visits and preparedness presentations until further notice.
Why did the Red Cross postpone the Sound the Alarm event in our community? When will it be rescheduled?
Our top priority is protecting the well-being of the people we serve and our volunteers, while delivering lifesaving services. The Red Cross worked closely with public health officials and partners to follow the latest guidance from the CDC and postpone Sound the Alarm events and home fire safety visits until further notice. We plan to reschedule and will provide more information as it becomes available.
I signed up to have smoke alarms installed in my home. Will I still get help?
Your safety is our top priority. That’s why we are postponing our in-home visits as we continue to work closely with local public health officials and partners to follow the latest guidance from the CDC. If you signed up for the Red Cross to install free smoke alarms in your home, we will contact you to reschedule when we resume our in-home visits. This was a difficult decision, and we want to assure you that these measures are in place to help protect everyone’s well-being.
How do I change to a different Sound the Alarm event?
To change the event you registered for, first cancel your original event registration (instructions above) and then sign up for a new event via SoundTheAlarm.org.
Can my friends and family attend the Sound the Alarm event with me?
Sound the Alarm is even more fun with friends, so we encourage you to bring a friend or family member along with you. Just tell them to sign up at SoundTheAlarm.org.
If my friends are also attending Sound the Alarm, will we be able to volunteer together?
If you plan to attend Sound the Alarm with friends, families, colleagues, neighbors or any other group, we encourage you to start a team! As a team captain, you’ll be able to invite others to attend particular events, and we’ll do our best to keep team members together on installation day. (Please note that installation teams are generally limited to 3-4 people, so if you are volunteering with a large group, you may be split onto a few teams.) To start or manage your team login to Volunteer Connection. From your home page, click “GET STARTED” under the TEAMS section. From there you can create a team and invite your friends to join.
Can my kids volunteer with me?
Sound the Alarm is a great event for kids. Youth ages 13-17 can register and participate in a variety or roles, depending on their specific age. Youth volunteers must be accompanied by at least one background-checked adult and their parent/legal guardian, or a substitute for the parent such as a Boy/Girl Scout troop leader, faith leader, Red Cross Club Coordinator, teacher, adult sibling, etc., with permission from the youth’s parent/legal guardian. Parents, legal guardians, or the affiliated adult are responsible for their youth. During registration (whether online or onsite at the event), youth volunteers must fill out an application, sign the Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, and submit the Parental Consent with Media Release and the Confidential Information and Intellectual Property Agreement (CIIPA).
Can someone help me with my Facebook fundraiser?
Please visit our Fundraising Toolkit page for help in creating your Facebook fundraiser. We also have stories, photos and social media messages you can customize to get the word out and make your fundraiser a success!
What if there’s bad weather on installation day?
Your Sound the Alarm event will take place rain or shine. We recommend that you check the weather forecast to see whether you will need a jacket, hat, umbrella, or other weather-related items.
What should I wear to my Sound the Alarm event?
Your Sound the Alarm event will take place rain or shine and may require a lot of walking around outdoors. Dress comfortably and be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Your local Red Cross will provide weather-related information leading up to your event.