HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The American Red Cross is needing volunteers for its Sound the Alarm, Save a Life event happening Saturday in Hattiesburg.
Hundreds of smoke alarms will be installed in high risk areas in the Hub City.
Longtime Hattiesburg residents were happy to learn about the American Red Cross Sound the Alarm, Save a Life event. More than 400 smoke alarms will be installed.
“It’s going to be wonderful. Also, we need them. We have people who don’t have them and they need them,” said Hattiesburg resident Anthony Spann.
One resident who lives in a rebuilt home said he understands the importance of the life saving installations.
“I think that will be a wonderful thing because smoke detectors saved my life back in 2014," the resident said. "Our house caught on fire and if it wasn’t for that waking me up, I wouldn’t be telling this story. So, that’s a good thing they are doing for the community.”
Taking a look at the big picture, the American Red Cross, with the help of volunteers and other partners, will install 100,000 free smoke alarms during the event in more than 100 at risk communities nationwide.
“When people hear ‘disaster,’ they think of tornadoes and hurricanes. But house fires happen around the calendar, everyday of the year," said Jeff Justice, the American Red Cross disaster program specialist for southeast Mississippi. "We are out there supporting those communities. We need to make sure we are doing what we can and partnering with some great partners to make sure we are making homes safer and saving lives.”
Weeks leading up to the event, the American Red Cross canvassed neighborhoods looking for at risk areas. Several areas in the Hub City were mapped out, including the neighborhood surrounding William Carey University.
“It will save lives,” said longtime Hattiesburg resident Ronnie Weary.
All of the smoke alarms are donated by Kidde manufacturing company.