The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services launched the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in October 2014. Its goal is to reduce the rate of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25% 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 is part of the smoke alarm home visit team and is the primary contact with residents. This position will review the safety and Hawaii hazard information with the client, help the resident develop a home evacuation plan, take protective actions and document services provided and number of alarms installed.
As a part of the Home Visit Team, visit homes at-risk for home fires and help review a fire safety checklist with the resident, assist the resident in completing a home fire escape plan and review priority hazard risk and preparedness steps and protective actions.
Helps ensure that the number of smoke alarms and batteries installed and other services provided are recorded and reported within program parameters.
Ensure that the resident client completes and signs required documents (acknowledgement, release) and transfers completed documents to the event leader.
Hold ladder or step stool safely for the installer as needed.
Follow all guidelines, training, safety and documentation requirements for this task.
Provide reporting and evaluation feedback for continuous improvement purposes