Saturday, January 19, 2013 has been designated as a “National Day of Service” in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The New Orleans Fire Department and more than 100 volunteers from the American Red Cross will join volunteers from HOPEworldwide, Capital One, Entergy Corporation, Hands-On New Orleans, National Day of Service Louisiana, United Parcel Service and the West Bank Seventh Day Adventist Church to canvass NOFD designated neighborhoods providing fire safety materials and installing smoke detectors for citizens in need.
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Time: 8:30 am
Place: New Orleans Fire Department, Engine #27,
2118 Elysian Fields (at I-10)
New Orleans, LA70119
Volunteers will go door-to-door throughout New Orleans neighborhoods to discuss fire safety and other emergency preparedness techniques with residents. NOFD personnel will assess smoke detector needs and install a “10yr Lithium battery detector” if requested. Volunteers will leave behind fire safety materials including information about smoke alarms, creating a household fire escape plan and tips for cooking and heating a home safely.
Neighborhoods around Engine #27 and throughout the NOFD’s Third District, are areas of city we’ve targeted for outreach to combat the high incidence of fires. Home fires are Southeast Louisiana's most prevalent disaster threat. Last year Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter volunteers responded to more than 700 large and small disasters; they assisted more than 278 families in New Orleans alone.