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American Red Cross Holding Sound the Alarm event to Help Reduce Home Fire Deaths, Injuries

The American Red Cross is holding a Sound the Alarm event as part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires. More than 200 community volunteers will join the Red Cross for the home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in Casselton from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, and in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Volunteer teams will go door-to-door installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans.

“Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face, killing seven people in this country every day,” said Lynn Speral, CEO of the Red Cross Dakotas Region. “We’ve responded to more than 100 home fires in the Dakotas Region so far this year. Everyone can help us Sound the Alarm by taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.” Participating partners working with the Red Cross include fire departments in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Casselton, premier event sponsors Border State Electric and Sanford Health, and supporting event sponsors Gate City Bank, Goldmark Property Management and Nodak Insurance Company. “Keeping the community healthy and safe is an important part of our mission at Sanford. We’re pleased to have more than 100 Sanford employees volunteering as we partner with the American Red Cross for its Sound the Alarm event to help more families stay safe,” said Brittany Montecuollo, Sanford Fargo Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Services.

The Home Fire Campaign is making a difference. As of April 20, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 416 lives through the Home Fire Campaign, reached more than 1 million youth through preparedness programs, and installed 1.2 million free smoke alarms. Here in the Dakotas Region, the Red Cross has installed more than 12,300 free smoke alarms and helped over 3,400 families create fire escape plans. “Border States is committed to giving back to our communities,” says Jason Stein, Border States Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Stein also serves as Board Chairman for the local Red Cross Chapter. “I’m proud to work for a 100 percent employee-owned company that not only donated smoke alarms and batteries in support of this nationwide event but more importantly encouraged employee-owners to share their time and talent in the communities where we live and work.”

Nationwide, the Red Cross will Sound the Alarm from April 28 through May 13, installing 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 cities. Home fires represent a significant threat to our communities, which is why the Red Cross launched the nationwide Home Fire Campaign and rallied an army of volunteers, donors, and partners to canvass high-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossDakotas.

About Gate City Bank: A $2.1 billion mutual community bank, Gate City Bank has been providing banking services to its customers since 1923. Gate City Bank has 36 convenient banking offices across North Dakota and west central Minnesota and employs 605 people. In addition to being the number one mortgage lender in North Dakota with locally approved, financed, and serviced home loans, Gate City Bank was named one of the “50 Best Places to Work” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Prairie Business. Additional information is available at gatecitybank.com.

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