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Silicon Valley volunteers install over 150 smoke alarms

red-cross-logo_420x279Almost 50 volunteers from the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross met at Fire Station Number 3 on Martha Street in San Jose on a rainy morning this past Saturday. After remarks by Captain Bien Doan of the San Jose Fire Department and superb training by Liz Dietz, Terry Unter, and Doug Moses-Batson, the teams — in spite of the rainy weather — visited a total of 52 homes in County Fair Mobile Estates and Village of the Four Seasons, in San Jose. The work was done as a part of the ongoing Red Cross “Sound The Alarm” activities.

The volunteers were divided into teams to install smoke alarms and provide training in several areas.

The team Educator helped families create an escape plans and learn about local safety hazards such as earthquakes and how to be prepared for them.

Each team had an installer responsible for the actual installation and an educator who provided training about the alarms, fire, and earthquake safety and the importance of escape routes. A documenter, who recorded the number of alarms installed and demographics of each family, rounded out the team.

The event was a great success in part due to the tremendous job of advance canvassing undertaken by Captain Doan.  Canvassing continued during the event with additional residents asking for the alarms before the event ended in the afternoon.

Overall, volunteers served almost 200 residents in over 70 homes and installed almost 170 smoke alarms.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death in half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives; that’s why we launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

 

Silicon Valley Chapter supports San Jose’s Veteran’s Day Parade

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Youth volunteers Tina Hoang and Angie Le hold the thank-you cards that were given to veterans. (Photo by: Mark Butler)

The Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross had a strong contingent of more than 50 people supporting the Veteran’s Day parade in San Jose on Sunday, November 11. The parade was a special one because it marked 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Read more

Red Cross supports Fleet Week Humanitarian Village

By Larry Dietz

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The Red Cross set up a station in “Humanitarian Assistance Village” at Fleet Week. Fleet Week is an important event for the Red Cross as it helps to fulfill our mission for community readiness and preparedness for disasters, to connect and support our armed forces, and increase access to lifesaving blood and blood products. (Photo by: Albert Becker, American Red Cross)

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San Francisco has always had a special relationship with the US Navy. One example of that is San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW), which began in 1981. The annual celebration of America’s sea services takes place over Italian Heritage Weekend in October on the Marina Green.

Through its core mission of Support to Armed Forces (SAF), the American Red Cross has been a consistent and strong supporter of Fleet Week. Read more

Red Cross, San Jose Fire install smoke alarms

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Red Cross volunteers from the Silicon Valley Chapter take time out from their work on February 24 to pose for a photo at the mobile home park.

By Larry Dietz

On Saturday, February 24, volunteers from the American Red Cross of the Silicon Valley installed 164 smoke alarms in the Moss Creek Mobile Home Community in San Jose. The work was done as part of the Red Cross’ regional Sound the Alarm – Save a Life campaign. Read more