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Sound the Alarm Event Offers Free Smoke Alarms

American Red CrossThe American Red Cross is partnering with the Russell Rotary Club and the City of Russell Fire Department to install free smoke alarms for those who register.

Deb Tucker, Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross, states, "I can't think of a better way for a community, like Russell, to come together and host a Home Fire Campaign to install free smoke alarms for the families of their town."

Dustin Smith, Community Bank President of UMB Bank and Rotary Club member, states he learned about the "Sound the Alarm" event through the partnership Rotary Rescue has with the Red Cross. The Rotary Rescue is a group of volunteers within the Russell Rotary Club. They serve as first responders in the event of a fire or natural disaster to provide Red Cross services to the families and first responders. The group has seen firsthand the devastation fires cause and wants to do what it can to prevent the unthinkable from happening in the Russell community. Smith states this will be the first "Sound the Alarm" event and wants to schedule more in the future. The City of Russell Fire Department does install "one off" alarm requests as needed through their partnership with the Red Cross.

When asked what his Red Cross story is, Smith shares the following, "As Rotary Rescue volunteers, we have provided comfort to dozens of families over the years at a time when they were at their worst. The toughest part of any response is when there are children living in the home. Thankfully the Red Cross provides comfort packs including a stuffed Mickey Mouse for children. Through all the devastation and heartache I have witnessed and families endure, the one thing that always sticks with me is the smile on a child's face when we give them a stuffed Mickey Mouse."

Smith adds the Russell Rotary Club is very appreciative of the support they have received from the Red Cross and the City of Russell Fire Department to bring this event to Russell. He further expresses the excitement of having a great day on Sunday and hopes to visit several homes, making Russell citizens safer and better prepared in the event of a home fire.

Tucker reiterates the importance of partnerships. "The partnership between the Red Cross and both Russell Rotary Club and the Russell Fire Department has been phenomenal over the last couple of years," she said. "With this partnership, we are now able to install free smoke alarms on November 3rd which will help people prevent and respond to home fires which will ultimately save lives. That is what this campaign is all about. Saving Lives!"

Did you know that it takes two minutes to get out of your home with a fire? Did you know that seven times a day someone dies from a house fire? Did you know that every 40 minutes a fire injury is reported? There are still a few alarms available for this event on November 3. If you live in Russell, call 211 or visit getasmokealarm.org to register for yours.

(Information courtesy American Red Cross.)

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