Before the Fire Starts, After the Smoke Clears

I want to tell you a story. It’s not about disasters that make headlines, like the California wildfires or Hurricane Lane. It’s about a disaster that claims lives in your community every day, but that you might never have heard of. It affects individuals and families in cities and towns across the United States and around the world. And yet in spite of all this, it gets little to no coverage. I’m talking about home fires. Home fires claims...

Sound the Alarm Saves Lives

By Jarrett Barrios, Los Angeles Region CEO Last weekend, I joined hundreds of volunteers to Sound the Alarm and install free smoke alarms in Sylmar. The weekend before, we were in Compton. This upcoming Saturday, I’ll be in South LA, then East LA on the following Saturday. Here’s why. Annually, the American Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters and the vast majority of these are home fires. Every day, seven people are killed and...

I Choose the American Red Cross 

By Andrea Davis, Los Angeles Region Board Chair   It seems every day, my life becomes more and more consumed with having to make choices. Where to eat? What flight to book? What shirt to wear? What route to take? And, of course, all the choices that affect family, friends and loved ones—even my beloved dog. It also seems that, more often than not, I’m left wondering if I’ve made the right choices. But, that’s why I am writing today....

Dedicated to Home Fire Safety

By Rachel Almond Over the past two years, I have come to understand the importance of home fire safety—especially how important it is that everyone has properly working smoke alarms installed in their home. I understand this because for the past two years, I have been a regular volunteer at the Red Cross Los Angeles Region’s free smoke alarm installation events—formerly known as Home Fire Campaigns and now known as Sound the Alarm. Save a...

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