NOTE: MPFD CERT and the local chapter of the American Red Cross will be installing smoke alarms in the North Fair Oaks area on Saturday, October 17 and at a later date in East Palo Alto. Watch your email and this website for more information.
Home Fire Campaign an Opportunity to Save Lives, Partner with the Red Cross, Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!
FEMA is asking Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs and volunteers around the country to partner with their local Red Cross regions on the Home Fire Campaign, a whole-community initiative that aims to reduce home fire fatalities by 25 percent within the next five years.
On average, seven people die and 36 more are injured every day as a result of home fires. They also cause more than $7 billion in property damage every year in the United States. But together, CERT and the American Red Cross can help to save lives and reduce the impact of home fires.
“We know smoke alarms cut the risk of death from a fire in half and that’s why the Red Cross is working with fire departments and community groups in some of the most fire-affected neighborhoods around the country to install smoke alarms and teach people about home fire safety.” ~ Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross.
We need your support, as preparedness leaders in your community, to reach individuals and families in high-risk and underserved neighborhoods who may be unaware of home fire risks and how to prepare for them. As part of this campaign, CERT volunteers can canvass local communities, support Red Cross volunteers as they install smoke alarms and replace batteries, and help individuals and families complete home evacuation plans. The Red Cross has particular need for any CERT volunteers who are bilingual and can help individuals who may not speak English fluently prepare.
Here are a few ways that CERT programs and volunteers can participate in the Home Fire Campaign. Any efforts related to the campaign also count towards America’s PrepareAthon!, so please be sure toregister any Home Fire Campaign activities:
FEMA will also be co-hosting a webinar with the Red Cross on partnerships from throughout the country. Presenters from three different jurisdictions will share how they have worked together to prepare their communities. One of the three presentations will focus on how CERT and the American Red Cross have collaborated on the Home Fire Campaign in their neighborhoods. Here is the Adobe Connect Registration Web Link for the webinar – please register for the webinar in advance and be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the presentation.which will showcase successful CERT-American Red Cross
Thank you for all the work you do to make America stronger, more resilient, and better prepared. If you have questions about the Home Fire Campaign, visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/prevent-home-fires or contact the American Red Cross National Headquarters Emergency Management Coordination team at AlignWithGovernment@redcross.org.