Red Cross East Central-Bay Board Member Mike Snyder knows the importance of having a working smoke alarm in your home

“Fatal home fires frequently happen in homes without a smoke detector or with smoke detectors without working batteries,” said Mike Snyder. Snyder of Auburn, Michigan knows firsthand the sad reality of fatal home fires. Mike first became a volunteer firefighter at the age of 16 and went on to become a fire chief for the …

Michigan woman who lost home to fire surprised at how little time she had to escape the flames

In January 2011, Amy Krug of Fenton, Michigan was on her couch watching a late-night television show when she dozed off. Around 12:30 a.m., she was awakened by her dog, Tanner, who was acting strangely. Tanner was letting Amy know there was a fire in her utility room, even before the smoke detector went off. …

Home Fire Safety

Did you know, eighty percent of Americans don’t realize home fires are the most common disaster in the nation? In a typical year, home fires claim more lives than all natural disasters combined. Yet only 26 percent of families have made and practiced their home fire escape plans. When a fire happens every second counts! …

Heroes of March

March is Red Cross month! This month the Red Cross honors its volunteer heroes and asks everyone to be a hero for someone in need. There are so many ways to help others with the Red Cross. You can become a volunteer, give blood, learn skills to save lives, or donate on Red Cross Giving …

AmeriCorps Spotlight – Katelyn

The AmeriCorps “Together We Prepare” program is looking for new members! The Together We Prepare AmeriCorps program, administered by the American Red Cross, utilizes AmeriCorps members to improve the capacity of communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters in locations across Michigan. Today’s AmeriCorps spotlight is on Katelyn who serves in Traverse …

AmeriCorps Spotlight – Matthew

The AmeriCorps “Together We Prepare” program is looking for new members! The Together We Prepare AmeriCorps program, administered by the American Red Cross, utilizes AmeriCorps members to improve the capacity of communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters in locations across Michigan. Today’s AmeriCorps spotlight is on Matthew who serves in Ann …