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Red Cross seeks volunteers to help during Sound the Alarm Event

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SINTON, TX — APRIL 16, 2018 — The American Red Cross is seeking individuals and teams to volunteer their time and help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on April 28 in Sinton, Texas from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. beginning at Speck Aiken Park located on 1st Street in Sinton, Texas.

“Sound the Alarm in Sinton and Taft to help make these communities safer by volunteering to educate residents and assist in creating an escape plan in the event of a fire,” said Debra Murphy-Luera, American Red Cross Coastal Bend, Executive Director and Regional Chief Operating Officer. “By volunteering with the Red Cross, you are touching the lives of people who are your neighbors and bringing a sense of security to their homes. Please join us and help Sound the Alarm by volunteering on April 28.”

If you are interested in volunteering to educate people about home fire safety and install free smoke alarms, contact Sylvia Burle, Volunteer Services Specialist at (361)500-5027, sylvia.burle@redcross.org.

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 launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014 to end these tragedies and save lives.

Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. At the close of fiscal year 2017, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 381; reached 1,042,964 through youth preparedness programs, and installed 1,173,150 free smoke alarms. Here in the Texas Gulf Coast, the Red Cross has saved three lives; reached 2,505 through youth preparedness programs and installed 6,160 free smoke alarms.

To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, visit redcross.org. Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross, a United Way agency, 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. 

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