Need assistance as disaster strikes?

Ever wonder what it would be like to train with the American Red Cross to respond to disasters?

On August 3, 2019, a team of volunteers and Red Cross staff took time out of their weekend to be trained and better informed on how best to assist their community after a natural disaster or house fire. This type of training is important in order for the Red Cross to help residents after an emergency. Those affected by a disaster, may have lost everything. It is important that Red Cross volunteers are trained, not only in how to respond to the event, but how to respond and help the people affected.

Training begins with a lecture and information on processes and procedures and then the group begins to “act” out a disaster. Today’s simulation was similar to a house fire that would happen in their community.

Three groups of DAT volunteers and staff working through a home fire. Photography by Sara Harper

Why would volunteers do this? Red Cross volunteer Janice Wilcoxson said, “I am thankful for what I have and I am a firm believer in paying it forward. This is a way I can look at people in their worse possible needs. It has put my life into perspective, and I am able to look at my own kids and say you don’t have a clue how bad things can be.”

Red Cross volunteers, similar to Wilcoxson, sign up for shifts to be available when the unexpected happens. Most volunteers sign up for three shifts a month. It may be months before a disaster volunteer is called to a response, depending on where they live and how often a disaster happens in their community. What is most important is that Red Cross volunteers throughout NH & VT (and across the nation) are ready to respond WHEN something happens. Our volunteers are paying it forward.

Intrigued to learn more? Becoming a Red Cross volunteer is as easy as starting an online application by clicking https://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont/volunteer.html

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Red Cross Seeks Volunteers to Help Install Smoke Alarms During Sound the Alarm Events in Manchester, New Hampshire

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The American Red Cross is seeking people to volunteer their time and help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events on both Saturday, October 7 and October 14 at 8:30am.

Sound the Alarm in New Hampshire and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires,” said Maria Devlin, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont. “By volunteering with the Red Cross, you can truly make a difference in someone’s life. Please join us and help Sound the Alarm by volunteering for one of the events in October. Better yet, join us for both!”

If you are interested in volunteering to educate people about home fire safety and install free smoke alarms, you can sign up at http://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont/home-fire-safety to help Sound the Alarm.

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 the beginning of July, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved nearly 260 lives; reached more than 858,000 through youth preparedness programs, and installed nearly 887,000 free smoke alarms. Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, the Red Cross has installed more than 5,000 free smoke alarms since the campaign began – one of which saved a man’s life in Portsmouth, NH last February.

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.

Red Cross Seeks Volunteers to Help Install Smoke Alarms During Sound the Alarm Event in Rutland, Vermont

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The American Red Cross is seeking people to volunteer their time and help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on Saturday, September 23rd at 8:30am.

“Sound the Alarm in Vermont is part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires,” said Kevin Mazuzan, Executive Director for the American Red Cross in Vermont. “This is a volunteer opportunity that has the potential to actually save someone’s life. Please join us and help Sound the Alarm by volunteering on September 23rd.”

If you are interested in volunteering to educate people about home fire safety and install free smoke alarms, you can sign up at http://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont/home-fire-safety to help Sound the Alarm.

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 the beginning of July, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved nearly 260 lives; reached more than 858,000 through youth preparedness programs, and installed nearly 887,000 free smoke alarms. Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, the Red Cross has installed more than 5,000 free smoke alarms since the campaign began – one of which saved a man’s life in Portsmouth, NH last February.

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.