Emergency Services and Community Preparedness

Program Description

The American Red Cross responds to disasters and provides immediate emergency relief for victims. The Disaster Action Team (DAT), comprised entirely of volunteers, responds within 2 hours after notification of an event to assist victims by providing shelter and financial assistance as well as referrals to community agencies.The Red Cross also provided cash assistance and convening long term recovery partnerships to assist families in getting back to a pre disaster state.

Impact Story

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, The American Red Cross, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Cortland and the SUNY Cortland Men’s Hockey Team team up to install free smoke alarms and provide home fire safety information for residents of Cortland Estates Mobile Home Park. The Rotary’s generous contribution purchased the smoke detectors, while the SUNY Cortland Men’s Hockey team supplied the muscle and height and performed the installations.

As part of its Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross has been joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them. The Red Cross is asking every household to take two simple steps: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. This is especially true for residents living in a mobile home, where the average time to flee a structure fire is less than two minutes.

When a resident agreed to a smoke detector installation, Red Cross volunteers provided home safety checklists and family disaster plans to review with the family potential escapes routes within the house that, if a fire occurs, may save a person’s life. On this Saturday, twenty four homes had smoke detectors installed and participated in learning about home fire safety.