Monthly Archives: February 2011

QUIZ: Are you prepared for a home fire?

By Kevin Hagler

DULUTH — A dramatic scene developed Monday as an apartment fire broke out in Gwinnett county. Tenant Eric Eberly was hanging on for dear life when the fire department rescued him from a burning building. Yikes!

The Atlanta Red Cross responded and helped relocate some displaced victims. (Check out the dramatic story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

With the risk of embarrasing myself for emulating one Smokey Bear, this had me thinking: Are YOU prepared for a home fire?

Take the QUIZ.

And make sure to check out safety tips for home fire preparedness below:

  • Keep all potential fuel sources like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs at least three feet away from space heates, stoves, or fireplaces.
  • Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over as another safety measure.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned once a year.

Smoke alarms save lives. You should:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Check monthly that smoke alarms are working properly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
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Winter Weather Advisory: Snow is expected in North Georgia and parts of Atlanta

By Kevin Hagler

More snow is expected in the Atlanta area. The Weather Channel issues a Winter Weather Advisory for much of the Southeast.

Northern Georgia may see up to 3 inches tonight while Atlanta expects to see no more than 1″.

This may not be the January storm that put the city on standstill for a week, but the Atlanta Red Cross encourages preparedness –other than buying futures in milk and bread.

Follow this link to learn more about preparedness in winter weather.

We’ve got “Spirit”, Atlanta Red Cross welcomes mobile disaster kitchen

Bob Sheldon, a Cherokee County resident, Red Cross volunteer and national Red Cross Disaster Kitchen Instructor, gives volunteers some

By Kevin Hagler

The Atlanta Red Cross had some spirit last week, in more ways than one. “The Spirit of America”, an American Red Cross mobile disaster kitchen, gave the Atlanta branch a visit as part of a national Disaster Kitchen Training course.

Georgia and Tennessee volunteers pose in front of the Spirit of America, an American Red Cross mobile disaster kitchen

Don’t worry. The food did not go to waste as tens of hungry Red Cross volunteers ate a full meal complete with mashed potatoes ‘n gravy, green beans, beef, and even sugar cookies for dessert.

Tens of hungry Red Cross volunteers got

The Spirit is aptly named and can surely bring high hopes to those undergoing tough times during a disaster. The self-contained 53-foot trailer can produce up to 30,000 hot meals per day if needed (no, that is not a typo) and is one of several mobile disaster kitchens used by the American Red Cross Disaster Services Program.

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Doraville apartment fire displaces 24, Atlanta Red Cross responds

Fire spreads to 16 apartment units in Doraville

UPDATE 2:25 pm: Check out local coverage of the fire in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Gwinnett Daily Post

DORAVILLE – A fire spread to 16 apartment units and displaced 24 people in the Spaulding Hills Apartment complex this morning around 6 a.m.

There are no fatalities and no injuries according to Atlanta Red Cross first responders at the scene.

Atlanta Red Cross volunteers operated out of the leasing office while assessing the damage of individual victims to provide necessary accommodations.

Atlanta Red Cross first responders assessing the situation

Hal Simmons, the Atlanta Red Cross disaster action team leader, said that the Red Cross will help accommodate and lodge some victims. “As soon as we get all the cases and talk to victims we can better assess their individual needs.”

The cause of the fire is currently unknown as officials assess the damage.

Be sure to check back for updates as new information arises.