The Red Cross responds to approximately 40 disasters in Marion County every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to severe weather or flooding that affects hundreds. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and even entire communities get back on their feet. Although the Red Cross is not a government agency, it is an essential part of the response when disaster strikes. We work in partnership with other agencies and organizations that provide services to disaster victims.
The Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office reported 450 Home Fire Incidents, 15 Injuries, and 3 Deaths (Data from 2012-2016) in Marion County. To help combat these statistics the Red Cross in partnership with local Fire Departments, the Ohio State Fire Marshall’s 2 | P a g e Office, and other local agencies canvass at risk neighborhoods by going door-to-door distributing preparedness information, checking smoke alarms, and installing/replacing smoke alarms as needed. The initiative named, the Home Fire Campaign (HFC) is based on studies that have shown having a working smoke alarm in your home increases the chances of surviving a house fire by 50%. Our goal is to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25% by the year 2020. Since the program launched, the Red Cross has installed 775 free smoke alarms in 399 Marion County homes.