American Red Cross Supports Families before and after Disaster Strikes
The American Red Cross mission is not limited to just drawing blood. They are always prepared to help communities and families in need when the unexpected happens. In their Home Fire Campaign, the American Red Cross has made it their goal to help families in Isabella County be better prepared to deal with unexpected home fires. Fires at home are one of the most common disasters experienced every year and it can leave families with absolutely nothing. With this campaign, the American Red Cross hopes to help families be better prepared to deal with disaster before and after it strikes.
With funds provided by the Kay Smith Family Fund, the American Red Cross was able to inspect 36 homes and install 84 new fire detectors. Along with this, staff and volunteers helped educate families on how to create a home escape plan and what to do in the event of a home fire. Due to the suddenness of home fires, it is important that families are able to follow predetermined plans, helping to ensure their safety. Once the fire has been extinguished, the American Red Cross is there to support families looking for housing, necessities, and support.
Through continued funding, the American Red Cross plans to expand the Home Fire Campaign and assist as many families as possible. This campaign has already proven its importance as it is responsible for saving the lives of 511 people across the nation, including 10 Michigan residents. Unfortunately, the American Red Cross has come across countless unprepared homes and victims of house fires. The ultimate goal of this program is to save lives.
For more information about the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation’s grantmaking, please visit mpacf.org.