American Red Cross of Mid-South

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – February 2018

laura-vaughn_blogWorking smoke alarms and having an evacuation plan saves lives!

As most of you know, the American Red Cross along with countless volunteers and partners started a monumental crusade in 2014. Together, we are committed to reducing fire fatalities and injuries by 25%. The Red Cross focuses on at-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms and develop family safety plans. Since that time, 332 lives have been saved because of these efforts with five lives here in the Mid-South.

At 5:30 a.m. on February 10, 2017, a smoke alarm sounded in Memphis, which alerted a 44-year old grandmother to a home fire. She quickly got her two children and two grandchildren out of the house, ranging in age from 19 years old to 10 years old. The grandmother stated that “having talked about fire safety and how to get out of the house helped the family to know what to do and quickly get out.” Smoke alarms were installed, and a home fire safety checklist was reviewed during an in-home visit that was completed on January 14, 2017, in collaboration with the Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Boy Scouts of America.

Thank you to all the volunteers and partners, as we celebrate your efforts. Together, we are sounding the alarm and saving lives!

To learn more on how you can help Sound the Alarm on April 28, go to


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