Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
PLACEMENT PURPOSE The American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services (DCS) launched the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign (HFPC) in October 2014. Its goal is to reduce the rate of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over 5 years. Its strategy includes participating in a community coalition that targets neighborhoods at-risk for home fires; installs and tests smoke alarms; and provides fire safety and disaster preparedness education/planning. This position exists as part of a home visit team. Primary responsibilities include: ensure that the number of smoke alarms and batteries installed and other services provided is recorded and reported within program parameters and that the resident client completes and signs required documents (acknowledgment, releases, etc.); reviewing a fire safety checklist with the resident, assisting the resident in completing a home fire escape plan, and reviewing priority hazard risk and preparedness steps/protective actions; holding ladder or step stool safely for the installer, as needed.
OPEN TIME DAYS
5-10 hours per weekend, once per quarter on average
American Red Cross Volunteer Orientation
Disaster Cycle Services Overview (optional)
Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Guidance and Training: Safety for Home Visits, Fire Safety and Disaster Education, and other required training.