City of Lompoc
Sound the Alarm Save a Life Event 
March 23, 2019

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The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Home fires represent a significant threat to our communities. Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.

 

Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that don’t have working smoke alarms. That’s why the American Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014 to help prevent these needless tragedies. A critical part of the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events held year-round across the country. Red Cross volunteers work alongside fire departments and other partners, to canvass at-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and educate families about fire prevention and safety. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. In just four years, these efforts have saved hundreds of lives and made hundreds of thousands of households safer. 

The American Red Cross invites community service organizations, businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, churches  and interested individuals to help carry out the March 23, 2019  “Sound the Alarm” Home Fire Preparedness Event in Lompoc and join the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires.

Organizations and individuals interested in partnering with the Red Cross and the Lompoc Fire Department to help educate people about home fire safety and install free smoke alarms, should contact:

 

Ethan Walker (ethan.walker@redcross,org), or
Keith McLellan (keith.mclellan2@redcross.org)  or
Visit www.prepare2Care.net  “event” page for sign-up instructions.

 

During the local Sound the Alarm event, Red Cross and community volunteers  canvass selected neighborhoods  to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans. Volunteers are needed to be part of three member teams including an installer, an educator and a recorder. Training, equipment and materials are provided. Volunteers will have the option of doing a morning shift or a morning and afternoon shift. Bi-lingual  Spanish-English speakers are needed as well English speakers.

 

Across the country, the Red Cross will Sound the Alarm with a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in more than 100 communities across the country. Red Cross volunteers and partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms. These events are related to the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. The one millionth smoke alarm will be installed during these Sound the Alarm events.

 

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Home fires represent a significant threat to our communities. Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.


 

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.

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