The Sound the Alarm National Signature Event of the American Red Cross is approaching soon! In order to make such a large event possible, it requires many helping hands. One of the people active in smoke alarm installations with the Red Cross is Becky Perkins, who is part of the planning committee for the event.
Becky started volunteering with the Red Cross in 2013 and has been a dedicated volunteer throughout these five years. She had always wanted to volunteer with the Red Cross, and Hurricane Katrina only increased her interest. She first wanted to volunteer in Disaster Services and from there, she also got interested in working with smoke alarm installations.
“(Smoke alarm installation) was a part of emergency services, and I remember I got an e-mail asking people to volunteer so I just did it once, and it was very rewarding,” Becky says. “It was nice to go to people’s home(s) and they were so grateful to get new smoke alarms.”
Smoke alarm installations is a fitting volunteer role for Becky, and she says that her favorite part of the work is the interactions with people.
“I’m a very sociable person, so I enjoyed going to the houses, talking to the people, educating them and just giving them some services…” Becky says. “That’s why I keep doing it.”
“It’s very rewarding and it definitely helps to save lives,” she says. “It’s just a very rewarding thing to do, and people are very grateful”
Sound the Alarm is part of the Home Fire Campaign, which began in 2014. One of the goals of the Campaign is to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Indeed, the Home Fire Campaign has made a monumental impact. Nationwide, the Red Cross has documented a total of 416 lives saved since 2014, and the Red Cross and partners have installed 1,207,636 smoke alarms.
The Sound the Alarm National Signature Event is from April 28 to May 13. Throughout these weeks, Red Cross volunteers will install free smoke alarms, canvass high-risk neighborhoods, replace batteries in existing alarms, provide home fire safety education, and help families create escape plans.
The Red Cross plans to install 100,000 smoke alarms in over 100 major cities. This colossal project is a community effort. Along with volunteers like Becky, new volunteers are highly encouraged to help out. Sound the Alarm is a great one-time volunteer opportunity for those who have never volunteered with the Red Cross before and want to try it out. Interested volunteers can go to the link below, search for events in their area, and sign up for one (or more) of the upcoming installations. It’s as simple as that! http://www.redcross.org/local/ohio/buckeye/home-fire-safety.