Have you experienced a home fire?

We hope not! However, if you have, you might have used our services.

One of the American Red Cross services is to install free smoke alarms for anyone who needs them. This service is to help prevent injury and fatality during a home fire. During our Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross partners with local fire departments to install the alarms in homes.

The other service the American Red Cross offers is providing assistance after a home fire. For example, if your home is not safe to return to, then Red Cross provides you and your family with lodging.

For Daniel Demanche, he has seen and received both services through the Red Cross. He saw his son, who he lost, after a home fire. His son was visiting his grandmother during February vacation where the fire occurred. “The fire was caused by bad wiring in an outlet. There were no working smoke alarms in the house at the time of the fire,” Demanche said. He made sure when the Red Cross and Merrimack Fire Department were in his neighborhood that he had smoke alarms put in.

The American Red Cross responded to this fire back in February and has now met the father of the son. As Charles Hall, Senior Disaster Program Manager stated, “This comes full cycle. We responded to the home fire in Hampton, NH, assisted there and now we are installing smoke alarms in the house of the father. This is why I enjoy my job.”

Red Cross Installs over 220 Smoke Alarms During Sound the Alarm Event in Manchester, New Hampshire



Manchester, NH. May 7, 2018 The American Red Cross recently installed 220+ smoke alarms and reached hundreds of people about home fire safety during the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on Saturday, May 5th in Manchester neighborhoods.


“The day was a big success and an important step in helping educate residents about how to be safe if a fire should occur in their home,” said Lloyd Ziel, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer for the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont. “We are grateful to everyone who supported this effort.”


Red Cross volunteers and local partners including the Manchester Fire Department and Fire Marshal’s office canvassed neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans. The Red Cross thanks them all for their participation. Photos of volunteers in action can be seen on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/nhredcross/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1888116217925674


But the work isn’t over. Anyone who needs a smoke alarm can call the Red Cross and arrange for an appointment for volunteers to come and install free smoke alarms and walk residents through their escape plan. You can go to http://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont/home-fire-safety/smoke-alarm or call 1-800-464-6692.


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. As of May 1st, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 416; reached 1,075,894 through youth preparedness programs, and installed 1,207,636 free smoke alarms. Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, the Red Cross has installed over 6,000 smoke alarms since the program began.


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 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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American Red Cross and Co-Operative Insurance Companies Announce Vermont’s Recipients of the “2018 Everyday Heroes Awards”

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Co-Operative Insurance Companies Proudly Sponsors Event Honoring Extraordinary Vermont Citizens

Every day, ordinary people make extraordinary contributions by putting their needs aside to help others in our community. The American Red Cross is honored to salute these unsung heroes. A hero might be a lifeguard who saved a drowning child, an ordinary citizen who performed CPR when a stranger collapsed, or someone who saved a neighbor’s beloved pets from a fire.

The Everyday Heroes Awards are celebrated all over the country at which the American Red Cross honors people who personify our mission of service and help in local communities. To celebrate acts of kindness in Vermont, the American Red Cross will honor local heroes at the 2018 Everyday Heroes Awards on April 11, 2018.

This year’s Vermont Heroes are continuing proof that one person can indeed make a lasting and meaningful impact. The 2018 Everyday Heroes Awards are presented by the New Hampshire / Vermont Region of the American Red Cross, Co-Operative Insurance Companies, and WPTZ NBC5.

The 2018 Everyday Heroes Awards will be presented :

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from 5:30p to 8:30pm.

Where: Doubletree by Hilton, Burlington Vermont Hotel at 870 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT

Ticket Price: Single ticket for $30, or a table of 8 for $225.

Includes: admittance to the event and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Purchase tickets here: http://www.redcross.org/local/new hampshirevermont/everydayheroesvt.

For information on sponsoring or attending this heartwarming event, go to http://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont/everyday-heroes-vt.

Questions can be directed to Stephanie at Stephanie.Couturier@redcross.org.


Vermont Everyday Heroes Award Winners 2018

Gerald Hornung
Shelburne, VT  (Chittenden County)

JedGerald “Jed” Hornung has been volunteering for the American Red Cross for more than 70 years. Jed’s tireless work for the Red Cross began at an early age.  Jed took on leadership of his local Junior Red Cross (JRC) chapter in Oklahoma City.  After a series of city, state and regional elections throughout the Mid-West, Jed became the first-ever Youth Chairman of the National Advisory Committee for the JRC.  As its Youth Chairman, Jed traveled across the U.S. speaking to thousands of people on behalf of the Red Cross culminating in 1947, when Jed was the youth speaker at the National Red Cross Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, which was attended by more than 4,000 adults and 1,000 young people from across the U.S.  Today, Jed lives in Vermont with his wife, Jini, and continues to support and advocate for the American Red Cross.


Ilka Pritchard
Burlington, VT  (Chittenden County)

ilka In 2014, Ilka Pritchard volunteered for an event called the Spectrum Sleep Out, a fundraiser for Spectrum Youth and Family Services. Since then, she’s become one of Spectrum’s most dedicated volunteers as well as volunteering for The Empty Bowl, Spectrum’s other annual fundraiser. On Thanksgiving Day, you’ll find her preparing hot meals for Spectrum kids. In a recent blog post for Spectrum, Ilka wrote, “It is my wish that the youth we serve feel the love and care that we put into these efforts and that it gives them hope — because hope is something money can’t buy.”


Cameron Greene
Rutland, VT  (Rutland County)

cameronCameron Greene was outside having lunch when he noticed his friend, Joe Anderson, desperately signaling that he couldn’t breathe. Cameron recalled an emergency aid poster that used to hang just outside the school lunchroom, and, remembering its instructions, he began to apply abdominal thrusts, which dislodged the obstruction from Joe’s throat. While many adults take First Aid and CPR classes, wondering if they’ll know what to do when that critical moment arises, Cameron’s quick reaction resulted in Joe’s ability to breathe again.


Jeremy Dunster
Graniteville, VT  (Washington County)

jeremyJeremey Dunster was just starting his day, when his dog Carmen began to whine as if something was wrong. Jeremy took her outside to discover that the two-family apartment building next door to his home was in flames. After notifying his own family and calling for help, Jeremy ran to the burning building, where he forced in the door of the downstairs resident and helped him out of the building. He then fought his way upstairs through the flames to alert a woman and her teenaged son, who lived on the second story. Thanks to Jeremy’s heroic efforts and quick thinking, with a notable assist from Carmen, only one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and the devastating fire claimed no casualties.


Norwich University
Norwich, VT (Orange County)
For more than a decade, Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont has been hosting student-driven semi-annual blood drives on campus. These drives are notoriously successful, and since 2006 they have collected more than 8,600 units of blood. In October of 2017, dozens of cadets from the University participated in a Sound the Alarm event in nearby Williamstown, Vermont where they installed 466 smoke alarms in local homes, making it the most successful single-day smoke alarm installation event in our New Hampshire / Vermont region. These events and so many more are made possible by Norwich University’s Center for Civic Engagement. The work of Norwich University students in their community is a shining example of youth leadership and academic engagement in service of others. Accepting the award on behalf of Norwich University are Meredith Halik and Jack Labonte, who have been instrumental in organizing the blood drives in recent years, and Aidan Gaffney who coordinated cadet participation in Sound the Alarm.