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Sound the Alarm – Volunteers Needed

January 20, 2018 all-day

Join the Red Cross to Sound the Alarm and Save Lives from Home Fires in Brazos County on January 20th, 2018
Volunteers and partners needed to install 1,000 smoke alarms in Brazos County

Bryan, Texas – January 4, 2018 The American Red Cross asks everyone to help Sound the Alarm in the Brazos Valley and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires.

The Red Cross is holding a Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event in Brazos County on Saturday, January 20th to help make families safer, and local volunteers are needed to make it happen. Volunteers and local partners will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans.

“Our goal is to install one-thousand smoke alarms in a single day,” said Nate Kidwell, Disaster Program Specialist for the American Red Cross in the Brazos Valley. “It’s a huge undertaking, but I know we can do it if the entire Brazos Valley community takes responsibility for preventing home fire tragedies and signs up to help.”

No prior training is necessary to volunteer; open positions include installer, educator and documenter. To sign up now as a volunteer visit this link ( For more information about the Home Fire Campaign and the nationwide Sound the Alarm event, visit

Last fiscal year, the American Red Cross Serving the Heart of Texas, which includes the Brazos Valley, responded to more than 150 home fire events and helped 175 families. In fact, home fires are the biggest disaster threat our community faces, killing seven people in this country every day.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. Since its launch in 2014, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 303 lives and installed more than one million smoke alarms.

Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.

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