Fire Preparedness by the Numbers…
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:
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Amazing work! I wish I’d been here for all the action. The AmeriCorps volunteers deserve big props for coordinating it.
p.s. Great photo!
Thanks Robin. We could not have done it without all of our volunteers who gave up their weekend to help!
Nate, mucho thanks to you and the RED CROSS staff for your organization and the information that you provided for us to distribute. We look forward to volunteering in the future.