San Antonio Red Cross Urgently Needs Volunteers, Offers Training in Preparation for Hurricane Harvey

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The American Red Cross Serving Greater San Antonio is opening a Volunteer Intake Center on Saturday, August 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Volunteer Intake Center will be located at their San Antonio office located at 3642 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX, 78219.

Who:    American Red Cross Serving Greater San Antonio

What:   Volunteer Intake Center

When: Saturday, August 26 from

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Why:    The Red Cross has issued an urgent request for shelter volunteers that would like to help hurricane evacuees. New and first-time volunteers are encouraged to visit the Volunteer Intake Center to register, train and receive volunteer assignments.

Volunteers are encouraged to visit redcross.org/volunteer and fill out the volunteer application. Shelter training will take place every hour beginning at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, call (210) 224-5151.

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San Antonio Red Cross Urgently Needs Volunteers, Offers Training in Preparation for Hurricane Harvey

Central Texas Red Cross Urgently Needs Volunteer Shelter Workers, Offers Training 9/26 for Hurricane Harvey Relief

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The American Red Cross Serving Central Texas has issued an urgent request for volunteer shelter workers. Gulf coast evacuees are seeking shelter in Austin, and the Red Cross needs volunteers to help work in local shelters.

Just-in-time trainings are being offered for new volunteers Saturday, August 26th, 2017. Potential volunteers can choose any of the following trainings to attend. They only need to attend one.

SHELTER WORKER TRAINING: For new volunteers that would like to help shelter hurricane evacuees in Central Texas. Choose one of the following training times:

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

AISD Performing Arts Center

1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX 78723

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Noon – 1:00 pm

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Volunteers are encouraged to visit redcross.org/volunteer and fill out the volunteer application before they attend the training, but it is not required; computers will be available onsite for volunteers to complete their intake process during training.

For more information, call 1-800-928-4271.

 

Central Texas Red Cross Urgently Needs Volunteer Shelter Workers, Offers Training 9/26 for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Help us Sound the Alarm as a peer-to-peer fundraiser

This fall, the Red Cross will launch Sound the Alarm (STA), a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events nationwide. Over the period of September 23 – October 15, 2017, we will save more lives by installing 100,000 FREE smoke alarms across more than 100 major city markets.  Join us in helping to save lives in your community!

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

You can join this growing movement by creating a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) fundraiser and raising funds by asking your family and friends to sponsor you.  Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.

Fundraising for Sound the Alarm is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Set up your page.
  2. Ask your friends and family to donate
  3. Thank your friends and family who make donations!

 

Tools and Resources

Asking your Friends and Family to Donate

Use email, social media, and your creativity to spark interest and get donations.

Draft Potential Donor List. Think of people that you can count on for their support – friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers.

Decide the best contact method. For best results contact your friends and family in the way that is best for them. While sending a group email might be the easiest method for you, a personal letter or phone call to key contacts might be best for them. Lay out your approach and group your contacts by the best form of contact. Start with friends and family, co-workers, and fellow volunteers. Check out the Email Samples section for sample emails you can send.

Email. Email drives more donations than social media. If possible, try emailing in batches of 10, instead of 1,000 or even 100. Making everyone feel slightly less anonymous will lead to more engagement.

Social Media. Use Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram to update your supporters about your fundraising campaign, but don’t rely on it.

Turn-it-Around Fundraising. Remember those people that have asked you to buy products they sell, purchase cookies from their kids, support school events and donate to their charitable fundraisers? Now is the time to turn around and ask them to support YOUR efforts!

Start Small and Build. Recruit a few close supporters to donate before you let your network know about your efforts. Having a few donations to start off can make people feel like they are part of an already successful campaign.

Use Numbers. Find a creative way to ask for support using numbers. Ask people to donate $15 on the15th of the month, the cost to cover installation of one smoke alarm.

Ask, Ask, Ask. People want to support you, but everyone is busy and forgets. Follow up with your supporters, send updates to help remind them of your efforts and personalize your requests.

Update Often. Don’t just send out asks, send out updates on your progress as well. Let your supporters know when you’ve reach certain milestones, such as halfway to your fundraising goal, or if there has been an exciting update from the Red Cross. Roughly 30% of donors will consider a second gift to help a friend reach their goal.

Thank Them. Be sure to personally thank your supporters, either by email, phone, eCards or in person.  They want to know how your campaign is going! How to thank your donors.

 

General Fundraising Tips

Set a Personal Fundraising Goal.

Pick a number that you feel is achievable for your personal fundraising goal – you can always edit this on your page once you get a feel for the campaign. Keep in mind that your friends and family will like to see your progress and will be more motivated to give if the goal is close.

Make it Personal. Update your fundraising page with personal touches:

Make it Tangible. Add suggested donation amounts to your page that will lead to real life results. Here are a few that you could use:

  • $15- can cover the fire safety training and installation of 1 smoke alarm
  • $150- can cover the fire safety training and installation for 1 deaf and hard of hearing smoke alarm
  • $600- can provide financial assistance for 1 family impacted by a local disaster, like a home fire

Self-Donations

Consider making a donation to your page to get things started, it will show you believe in your own efforts!

 

How to Raise $500

Here is a quick breakdown of how to raise your first $500

  • Make a self-donation to get yourself started of $50 – $50
  • Ask three good friends for $25 each – $125
  • Reach out to 3 close family members for $30 each – $215
  • Ask 5 co-workers for $10 each – $265
  • Post a message on Facebook with a link to your page $150 – $415
  • Reach out to your extended family for support $85 – $500!

 

 Keep the Momentum Going!

Momentum is so important. Keep pushing right up to the deadline!

  • Check your fundraising page statistics regularly to understand what’s working
  • Post updates about your fundraising page regularly to keep people informed about how it’s going. We’ve got an easy tool to help with this, check out the instructions in the FAQ section of the toolkit.
  • Use deadlines to create some urgency and rally support

Social Media Templates

Here are some sample Facebook and/or Twitter posts that you can customize to help you maximize your fundraising. Text in red should be customized by you.

Sample posts:

Timing: After you create your page

Pls help! I’m raising $$ to help #RedCross install smoke alarms. Your donation will go a long way! ADD LINK TO CROWDRISE PAGE HERE #endhomefires

I’ve joined the American Red Cross to Sound the Alarm by installing smoke alarms and providing home fire safety education to families on [insert install date].  I’m also committing to raising [$insert goal] to support the Red Cross in their efforts.  Please join me by donating here ADD LINK TO CROWDRISE PAGE HERE.  A $15 donation can cover the fire safety training and installation of one smoke alarm.  #endhomefires

Timing: After your first donation

Thank you @nameofdonor for giving to my #Redcross page ADD LINK TO CROWDRISE PAGE HERE.  Your donation will be a big help to #endhomefires.

Thank you @nameofdonor for giving to my fundraiser for the Red Cross. I started this fundraiser because share why you decided to help the Red Cross and why this campaign is important to you.  If you’d like to join my efforts, please consider making a gift here: ADD LINK TO CROWDRISE PAGE HERE. #endhomefires

Timing: 50% to your goal

I’m halfway to my goal of raising [$insert goal] to help #RedCross reduce death & injury from home fires by 25% by 2020! Donate here: ADD LINK TO CROWDRISE PAGE

I’m halfway to my goal of raising [$insert goal] to help #RedCross reduce death & injury from home fires by 25% by 2020!  Will you consider a gift to help me reach my goal? ADD LINK TO CROWDRISE PAGE HERE #endhomefires

Timing: After seeing a post from your Chapter’s page of their response to a home fire in your community

The #RedCross responded to a fire in [city name] last night. Pls sponsor my efforts to install smoke alarms & help save lives. ADD LINK TO CROWDRISE PAGE HERE #endhomefires

Last night, the [@tag your Red Cross chapter here] responded to a fire in [your community name]. Please help me prevent tragedy and provide hope to families hurt by home fires by donating to my Sound the Alarm fundraiser ADD LINK TO CROWDRISE PAGE HERE #redcross #endhomefires

 

Email Templates

Donation Request – Install Event Participant + Fundraiser

SUBJECT: Please Sponsor Me!

Dear friends and family,

I wanted to reach out and ask for your support. I have joined the American Red Cross in my local INSERT LOCATION community to help install free smoke alarms on INSERT DATE. This installation event is part of Sound the Alarm, a home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event taking place across the US in hundreds of cities from September 23 – October 15.

The Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes, most of which are home fires. Did you know that on average, 7 people die each day from a home fire? Installing working smoke alarms is the best way to prevent home fire disasters – it nearly doubles a persons’ chances of survival!

I would love it if you supported my efforts to install INSERT NUMBER smoke alarms as part of my local team. You can help sponsor my efforts by donating to my CrowdRise page and helping me reach my goal of INSERT AMOUNT! Just $15 can cover the fire safety training and installation of one smoke alarm. A gift of any size helps the Red Cross prepare, respond and recover from home fires.

Please help me make a difference by donating HERE – INSERT LINK TO CROWDRISE PAGE

Thank you so much for your support!

NAME

For more information on Sound the Alarm, visit www.soundthealarm.org.

#endhomefires

 

Donation Request – Fundraiser (not participating in install event)

SUBJECT: Please Donate to my Fundraising Page!

Dear friends and family,

The Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes, most of which are home fires. Did you know that on average, 7 people die each day from a home fire? Installing working smoke alarms is the best way to prevent home fire disasters – it nearly doubles a persons’ chances of survival!

The Red Cross is partnering with Fire Departments across the country and thousands of volunteers to install smoke alarms in local communities, and to help families make an escape plan in case of a fire. Sound the Alarm is a campaign to reduce the death and injuries caused by home fires.

I have joined Sound the Alarm as a fundraiser to support smoke alarm installations in my local community. I would love it if you joined me in this lifesaving cause. You can help me save lives by donating to my CrowdRise page! Just $15 can cover the fire safety training and installation of one smoke alarm. A gift of any size helps the Red Cross prepare, respond and recover from home fires.

Please help us make a difference by donating HERE – INSERT LINK TO CROWDRISE PAGE

Thank you so much for your support!

INSERT NAME

For more information on Sound the Alarm, visit www.redcross.org/soundthealarm. #endhomefires

 

Participation Request

Subject: Join me to Sound the Alarm!

Dear friends and family,

The Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes, most of which are home fires. Did you know that on average, 7 people die each day from a home fire? Installing working smoke alarms is the best way to prevent home fire disasters – it nearly doubles a persons’ chances of survival!

The Red Cross is partnering with Fire Departments across the country and thousands of volunteers to install smoke alarms in local communities, and to help families make an escape plan in case of a fire. Sound the Alarm is a campaign to reduce the death and injuries caused by home fires.

Between September 23 – October 15 we are installing 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 high-risk communities nationwide.

 

Please join me in supporting this important cause! You can show support by:

  • Making a financial gift today to support us prepare, respond and help families recover from home fires – click here to donate!
  • Signing-up as a volunteer to install smoke alarms in your community – click here to find a local event!
  • Joining your local Red Cross Chapter Team as a fundraiser – click here to find a local team!

Thank you so much for your support!

INSERT NAME

For more information on Sound the Alarm, visit www.redcross.org/soundthealarm. #endhomefires

 

Thank You Message – Install Event Participant + Fundraiser

Subject: Thank you for supporting Sound the Alarm!

Dear friends and family,

THANK YOU! With your support, I raised INSERT TOTAL RAISED and installed INSERT NUMBER smoke alarms in INSERT COMMUNITY for the American Red Cross Sound the Alarm campaign!

Your generosity provided FREE smoke alarms and fire safety training to families in need, helping to save lives.

To find out more information about how the American Red Cross is saving lives with this initiative visit www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm.

Thank you so much for your help!

NAME

#endhomefires

 

Thank You Message – Fundraiser

Subject: Thank you for supporting Sound the Alarm!

Dear friends and family,

THANK YOU! With your support, I raised INSERT TOTAL RAISED for the American Red Cross Sound the Alarm campaign!

Your generosity provided FREE smoke alarms and fire safety training to families in need.

It is through this work that, together, we have helped Sound the Alarm and save lives. To find out more information on how the American Red Cross is saving lives with this initiative visit www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm.

Thank you so much for your help!!

NAME

#endhomefires

 

Frequently Asked Questions

About Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. That’s why the Red Cross rallied an army of volunteers and launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

This fall, the Red Cross will launch Sound the Alarm (STA), a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events nationwide. Over the period of September 23 – October 15, 2017, we will save more lives by installing 100,000 FREE smoke alarms across more than 100 major city markets.

About Donations

Are CrowdRise donations tax deductible? Yes, all donations made to the Red Cross are tax deductible

How much of my donation is being used for the campaign? An average of 91 cents of every dollar is spent on humanitarian services and programs

How does Red Cross receive the funds from CrowdRise? The payment processor for CrowdRise sends a lump sum check to Red Cross on the 15th of each month for all monies raised. A transaction fee of 3% and credit card fee of 2.5% + $.30 a transaction is taken by the processor and CrowdRise for processing the donations. A donor may choose to increase their donation to cover the transaction fees.

Can my friends and family donate offline via check or cash to count towards my fundraising goal? Yes! Work with your local chapter to submit the donation and have it credited toward your goal.

 

About the CrowdRise Platform

How do I reset my password? Under the log in page at crowdrise.com/soundthealarm there is option for “Forgot Password.” If you are logged in and want to change your password, go to “ACCOUNT” in the drop down menu where you log in. Select “Change Email/Password”

How do I change my fundraising goal? Once you log in to your fundraiser, go to the “Set Up” tab on your dashboard, select “Goal” in the bottom right corner, then select “Edit Goal”

How do I post an update about my fundraiser? Updating your supporters on your campaign is key to raising more money. It keeps them engaged, allows you to customize your asks, and provides more communication throughout your campaign. And, we’ve found that those organizations that post campaign updates raise 3x more and have 4x as many repeat donors.

To post an update

  1. Log in to your account at crowdrise.com/soundthealarm and view your fundraiser
  2. Locate the POST AN UPDATE bubble above the STORY section on the main fundraiser page
  3. Click the POST AN UPDATE link
  4. Fill out the subject and body of your update then click SAVE & PREVIEW.

How do I edit my page?

  1. Log in to your CrowdRise account and go to your fundraising page
  2. Select the “EDIT FUNDRAISER” tab
  3. Here you can add pics, a video and update the story section
  4. Once you’re done making changes, make sure you click the “SAVE” button

What if I have additional questions? Contact us at sta.p2p@redcross.org

Are there goal requirements or deadlines when I set up a fundraiser on CrowdRise? No. There are no goal requirements and no deadlines when you use CrowdRise for your fundraising. However, setting a goal is a great idea and we do recommend it because it’s great to have a target (you can always reset it if you reach it) to talk about with your supporters.

 

 

 

Help us Sound the Alarm as a peer-to-peer fundraiser

Donor spotlight: Cleveland Terrazas PLLC

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It’s no secret that the American Red Cross relies on the generosity of donors to carry out its mission. Here in Central Texas, we are lucky to have many supporters—both individuals and organizations—who make our work possible through financial contributions.

And behind the invaluable monetary donations we receive from these partners are some truly inspiring stories.

 

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Kevin Terrazas at Luminaria 2017, a military-focused fundraising gala for the American Red Cross Serving Central Texas.

Kevin Terrazas currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Directors for the American Red Cross Serving Central Texas, and is a co-founder of Cleveland Terrazas PLLC, an Austin-based boutique law firm.

Terrazas has been involved with the Red Cross in a formal role since 2011, but his knowledge of the organization goes back to the time he spent serving in the Army in Iraq. He says he saw how the Red Cross helped his fellow soldiers and recalls one specific case when a Red Cross message enabled his friend get home in time for the birth of his baby.

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Kevin Terrazas with his wife Patricia at a Red Cross appreciation event in 2016.

When Terrazas settled in Austin and made acquaintance with members of the Board of the Directors for the local Red Cross chapter, he wanted to learn more.

What he found inspired him to become more involved with the organization.

“I learned that the Red Cross is highly efficient and motivated,” Terrazas said. “I discovered an organization that is nondenominational in every sense of the word. The only qualification to receive Red Cross services is that you are truly in need. ”

He learned things about the Red Cross that he never knew, and wanted to spread the word and support the cause.

“My wife and I decided many years ago that we don’t own anything,” Terrazas says of his family’s decision to designate a percentage of their income to charities that they believe in.

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Tim Cleveland at Luminaria 2017, the annual fundraising gala for the American Red Cross Serving Central Texas.

Motivated by his faith to be an example in helping others, Terrazas has grown his investment of both time and money over the last several years. He has also introduced many people, including his business partner, Tim Cleveland, to the many Red Cross programs and services delivered right here in Central Texas.

Cleveland and Terrazas have been partners for two and half years, and their firm donated $25,000 to the Red Cross as sponsors of the 2017 annual fundraising gala. Terrazas says that they realized—together with their families—they could make a bigger impact together than they could apart.

“It’s truly a team effort. As a group we can do more than we can as individuals.”

Donor spotlight: Cleveland Terrazas PLLC

One Alarm Could Save a Life

By Geof Sloan, Volunteer Contributor 

In January 2017, Red Cross volunteers across the country committed to installing smoke alarms in homes that needed them as part of our nationwide Martin Luther King Day of Service. In the Central and South Texas Region, more than 300 volunteers installed 802 smoke alarms in a single day.

But the impact of the Home Fire Campaign extends beyond any single day. People can call the Red Cross any day of the year if they need smoke alarms or fire safety education.

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Red Cross volunteers made a house call to the Scott family in Georgetown, Texas to install free smoke alarms and help them develop an escape plan.

Georgetown resident Donald Scott heard about the Home Fire Campaign on the news, and contacted the Central Texas Red Cross office to inquire about obtaining smoke alarms for his residence.

“The people at the office were extremely nice, and we would like to thank them for their timely manner in which they were able to schedule and install the new smoke detectors,” said Mr. Scott.

Austin volunteers LaToya Kelly and Geof Sloan visited the Scott home to perform the education portion of the campaign and install new smoke detectors in the home.

Mr. Scott is disabled, and was especially concerned about the possibility of a house fire because he has trouble getting around.  He said he felt much safer with this extra level of safety in his home.

“I appreciated the information the installers provided on the smoke alarms, and also reviewing the details of our fire escape plan in case of any fire emergency or smoke issue.  We would like to thank the Red Cross and the Fire Department for the smoke detector installation,” Mr. Scott said.

Since the Home Fire Campaign launched in 2014, we know that nearly 160 lives have been saved. People just like Mr. Scott suffered home fires and were able to escape with their lives because of a Red Cross-installed smoke alarm.

If you or someone you know needs working smoke alarms, or if you would like to volunteer to install smoke alarms in your community, visit our Central & South Texas Region Home Fire Campaign website.

One Alarm Could Save a Life

The Morning After the Storm

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Jeanette Mouser, a resident of Pocmont Trail in Southeast Austin, talks to Red Cross damage assessment volunteers about the storm that ripped off her back porch.

When Jeanette Mouser called her daughter in the early morning hours of February 20th, she was so upset she had trouble finding the words to explain what had happened. The rain and wind had been pounding the house for hours, when suddenly she heard a terrifying noise.

“It sounded like a bulldozer was trying to punch out the back wall,” said Mouser. “I tried to open the back door, but I couldn’t because something was lodged in front of it.”

The Mouser family spent the morning cleaning up the debris that was left behind by the storm, and began repairing what they could.

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The porch cover on Jeanette Mouser’s home was ripped off and flipped backwards onto the roof of the house. Nearby trees snapped in half and were thrown up against the house by the strong winds.

Mrs. Mouser says she knows how lucky they are. “I know many of our neighbors are in much worse shape. It was scary, but we got really lucky. I’m glad we are all okay.”

Many families in the nearby community of Mustang Ridge were also feeling lucky to have made it through the storm. The strong winds and possible tornado tore off entire rooftops, sent branches and wooden beams flying through walls like arrows, and sent children’s trampolines flying down the road like weapons of mother nature.

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Red Cross damage assessment volunteers went door to door in these neighborhoods — just as volunteers are doing in many communities across Central and South Texas today — to get a better picture of the damage. During this process they are able to check in with families and make sure they have a safe place to stay, plus get a feel for what type of assistance will be needed to help them get back on their feet.

To find out how you can help your neighbors in need, visit Redcross.org/Austin or Redcross.org/SanAntonio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Morning After the Storm

More than 800 smoke alarms installed during MLK Day of Service events

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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On Saturday, January 14th,  volunteers across the nation came together with one common goal: to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by installing free smoke alarms and educating families on fire safety.

This event was part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign’s MLK Day of Service. In the Central and South Texas Region, more than 300 volunteers installed 802 smoke alarms in homes that needed them.

Here are a few stories of the Red Crossers who made it happen, residents who invited us into their homes on a cold January morning, and partner agencies who turned out to support the mission.

 

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Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Kiley Davis teaches a group of new volunteers how to safely install smoke alarms in Austin, Texas. Nearly 100 volunteers braved the rain and chilly weather to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by helping their community through the Home Fire Campaign.

 

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Red Cross volunteer Izadora Martinez talks to homeowner Juan Rocha about home fire and flood preparedness while Austin Fire Department firefighters replace his out-of-date smoke alarms with new ones. Mr. Rocha lives in East Austin with his wife and five children. “I’m glad you’re here for us,” Rocha said. “I’ve talked to my kids about fires, but I appreciate you coming to the neighborhood and putting the alarms in the right place.”

 

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Three-year-old Elizama Rocha shows Red Cross volunteer Tamika Smith her favorite show while the firefighters install a new smoke alarm in her bedroom and her dad talks with a Red Cross volunteer about disaster preparedness.

 

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Montopolis neighborhood resident Michael Sorian was thankful for the Red Cross volunteers and firefighters who stopped by his home on Saturday morning to install free smoke alarms.

 

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Red Cross volunteer Izadora Martinez poses with Montopolis neighborhood resident Michael Sorian and his 6-month old black Labrador, Royal, while firefighters checked his upstairs smoke alarms.

 

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Red Cross volunteer Izadora Martinez talks to resident Michael Sorian about how he can create an escape place for his 7-year-old son.

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Odessa firefighters and Red Cross volunteers gather for an early morning briefing with staff members from the American Red Cross Serving the Permian Basin before they begin their door-to-door smoke alarm installation event in Odessa, Texas.

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In San Antonio, Texas, Red Cross workers gathered at a local block party and basketball tournament hosted by the Alamo City Aztecs to honor first responders and connect them with the people they serve. Red Crossers Tracy, Stephen and Henry shared home fire preparedness information and recruited volunteers for a smoke alarm installation event the chapter is conducting next Saturday.

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In Kerrville, Texas, Red Cross Volunteers teamed up with the Kerrville Fire Department and Kerr County CERT to install free smoke alarms during a “block walk.” They met at the local Red Cross chapter for a briefing, then dispatched into the neighborhoods.

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Kerrville firefighter and Red Cross volunteer review the family escape plan with Kerrville residents. More than 100 alarms were installed in homes that needed them on Saturday, January 14th in Kerr County, Texas.

 

More than 800 smoke alarms installed during MLK Day of Service events