American Red Cross Utah staff and volunteers will be in Moab this weekend installing free smoke detectors and providing home fire preparedness information to help prevent devastating home fires.

The Red Cross will also be looking for local volunteers to join its disaster response team serving Moab and surrounding communities.

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“Our Red Cross volunteers support their communities to help avoid disasters, such as house fires, by checking existing smoke detectors and installing new ones if necessary, said Heidi Ruster, chief executive of the American Red Cross Utah/Nevada Region.

“Our goal is to save lives,” Ruster said. “That’s why we want to make sure everyone has working smoke alarms, which can cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.”

Red Cross staff and volunteers will travel in teams of three to Moab on Saturday March 12 and Tuesday March 15 to install free smoke detectors for residents who have registered. Teams will also go door-to-door to provide home fire preparedness and prevention training, as well as free smoke detectors.

Appointments for the installation of smoke alarms are always available on both days.

To schedule a time for the Red Cross team to come to your home and set up alarms, contact Sara Paice, Disaster Program Specialist, at 435-265-6324 or [email protected]

Finally, the Red Cross is also looking for local volunteers to join its disaster response team in the Moab area.

“If a disaster occurs, our Disaster Action Team Volunteers helping families meet their immediate needs after a home fire and providing support during a very difficult time,” Ruster said. “Our volunteers and staff are trained to help support their communities and neighbors in times of crisis. Please join us in volunteering to help as a Red Cross volunteer and ensure no one in Moab or the rest of Grand County faces life’s emergencies alone.

The Red Cross provides specialized training for disaster response team volunteers. After initial training, volunteers can work shifts that can include responding to emergencies within two hours, night or day, rain or shine, either on site or by coordinating remotely to provide immediate support.

With experience and additional training, volunteers can take on leadership and response coordination roles to have broader impact and be eligible for deployment to large-scale emergencies and disasters around the world. Utah and other parts of the country.

To learn more about volunteering for the Disaster Action Team in Moab and surrounding communities, contact Volunteer Recruitment Specialist Julie Schwartz at 385-258-5310 or [email protected] Or visit

The American Red Cross organization shelters, feeds and comforts disaster victims. It also provides about 40% of the country’s blood; teaches life-saving skills; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, service members and their families.

The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on the volunteers and generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. For more information, visit Where CruzRojaAmericana.orgor visit the @Red Cross account on Twitter.