Red Cross Sound The Alarm Project

Red Cross Sound The Alarm Project

RALEIGH, NC, May 4, 2018 — The American Red Cross asks everyone to help Sound the Alarm in Eastern North Carolina and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires

At Sound the Alarm events, hundreds of Red Cross volunteers, along with fire departments, and community supporters will canvass high-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, provide home fire safety tips and help families create escape plans.

“Home fires happen without warning and are responsible for killing seven people on average every day in the U.S.,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern NC. “ThroughSound the Alarm events we are working hard to teach people about home fire safety and install free smoke alarms.”

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year across the country, the majority of which are home fires. Home fires represent a significant threat to our communities, which is why the Red Cross launched the nationwide Home Fire Campaign that aims to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.

Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives. To sign up to volunteer for Sound the Alarm, or to learn more, visit

Sound the Alarm is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from national partners: Almost Family, Delta Air Lines and International Paper. The Red Cross has also received funding from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Local supporters include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Circle K, CBS17, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Live Oak Bank, Smithfield, and United Way.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

PHOTO: North Carolina Red Cross volunteers prepare to install smoke alarms in neighborhood homes. Photo by Adam Jennings/American Red Cross. Photo by Adam Jennings/American Red Cross.