Following up to the post on the Oregon Trail Chapter’s weekend mitigation project, here’s a more numerical layout of what the Red Cross accomplished during the Hazelwood and Mill Park event:
- Total number of households visited: 1,136
- Total number of people talked to: 605
- Number of first aid kits distributed: 425
- Number of smoke alarms distributed: 120
- Number of batteries distributed: 46
- Total number of people volunteering: 79
This means that of the 1,136 households we approached, our awesome staff and volunteer workers talked to 53% of the residents!
For our chapter, it isn’t enough to just send out preparedness literature…we decided to hit the streets and speak one-by-one to residents to ensure the message was given out…and clearly, the legwork paid off!
I heard stories of apartment managers updating smoke detectors, talking to renters and clearing pathways for fire exits as a response to our call for preparedness. One group even provided assistance to residents who had never once used a smoke alarm!
There are many fantastic photos from the weekend (available on our Flickr site), but here’s just one example of dedicated individuals working to prevent disasters one household at a time: