HOPE worldwide's "Protecting Our Neighbors" program
Residential home fires are America's biggest disaster threat. On average in the U.S. in 2010, someone died in a fire every 169 minutes, and someone was injured every 30 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. HOPE worldwide will partner with local American Red Cross chapters and local fire departments to conduct a national Disaster Services program called "Protecting Our Neighbors" in at least 20 cities and 10 states engaging 3,500 disaster service volunteers. We expect to engage 4,000 volunteers in 32 sites overall for the 2012 September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance. Volunteers will canvass homes, host community fairs and organize school presentations to reach 38,000 individuals with fire prevention education. The campaign will promote fire safety tips as well as the value of working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan. Other events also may serve homeless or veteran populations or incorporate youth into 9/11 projects.
Potential cities include: Durham, NC; Charlotte, NC; Dale City, VA; Herndon, VA; Roanoke, VA; Gainesville, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Tampa, FL; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; New York, NY, Newark, NJ, North Brunswick, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Farmington, CT; Montgomery County, MD; Baltimore, MD; Fort Wayne, IN; Omaha, NE; Detroit, MI: Minneapolis, MN: Milwaukee, WI; Madison, WI; Denver, CO; Oklahoma City, OK; New Orleans, LA; Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX; Los Angeles metro area; CA; San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA: Las Vegas, NV, Reno, NV and Spokane, WA.