Home Fire Campaign
2017 was a year marked by historic hurricanes, wildfires and other crises, the American Red Cross was there for a record number of people whose lives were upended by major events. Most recently flooding in North West and Central Iowa followed by catastrophic tornadoes has been life changing for hundreds of Iowans. Even though more people hear about large disasters like wildfires and floods, the biggest disaster threat in the United States is home fires. The enormity of this loss of life and the commonplace nature of home fires rarely garners significant media attention, even when it strikes a local community. That’s why the American Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014. Join the Red Cross as part of the Home Fire Campaign to reduce the injuries and fatalities of America’s everyday disaster by preventing home fires and being part of the response and recovery of these families in their greatest time of need. Already 8 lives in the North and Western Iowa Chapter have been documented as saved through prevention efforts, including smoke alarm installations. In addition, last year more than 800 elementary students participated in the Pillowcase Project, a program to prepare them, their families, and their school for what to do in an emergency. Every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster— a majority of them home fires. We provide comfort, relief and recovery assistance when it is needed most.