[REACT-LIST] [REACTINTL] Fw: Home Fire Campaign an Opportunity to Save Lives, Partner with the Red Cross, Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!

Ron McCracken ron.mccr at hotmail.com
Sat Sep 5 19:32:24 EDT 2015

Great info for National Preparedness Month plans by Teams, Tom.

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Subject: [REACTINTL] Fw: Home Fire Campaign an Opportunity to Save Lives, Partner with the Red Cross, Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!







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Subject: Home Fire Campaign an Opportunity to Save Lives, Partner 
with the Red Cross, Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!

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.
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.
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.
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 to register 
any Home Fire Campaign activities:

  Contact your local Red Cross to find out if 
  any Home Fire Campaign activities are scheduled in your community. Red 
  Cross conducts Home Fire Campaign events several times a year, including 
  during National Fire Prevention Week in October. If your local Red Cross 
  region does not already have an event scheduled, talk to the Red Cross 
  Regional Disaster Officer to learn more about leading your own install or 
  outreach event. Smoke alarms, batteries, and fire safety materials may be 
  available for partner-led events. To find your local region, visit http://www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter. 

  Check in on neighbors, including people with 
  disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and help them 
  prepare. Reach out to individuals and families in your neighborhood and 
  help them learn more about how they can prepare for home fires and other 
  emergencies in ways that address their specific needs. You can also talk to 
  neighbors about CERT and the important role you play in your community. 
  Promote the Home Fire Campaign via social 
  media. Raise awareness of home fire safety and the Home Fire Campaign by 
  tweeting, posting on Facebook and sharing fire safety tips on blogs, websites, 
  and in newsletters. Encourage CERT volunteers to promote the Home Fire 
  Campaign by posting photos of themselves taking action to prepare their 
  neighborhoods and communities for fires. Use #firesafety, #HomeFireCampaign, 
  #GiveWhatFireTakes, @PrepareAthon, 
  #PrepareAthon, and @RedCross. 
will also be co-hosting a webinar with the Red Cross on Wednesday, September 9 
at 3:00 PM ET which will showcase successful CERT-American Red Cross 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 
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 at redcross.org.

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