Safety campaign Saturday targets north BR neighborhoods

Volunteers with the American Red Cross, emergency responders and others will go door-to-door Saturday in north Baton Rouge to hand out safety preparation material, and they’re looking for people who would like to join in.

“It’s a nondisaster way people can be involved in the Red Cross,” said Nancy Malone with the American Red Cross. “It’s a good time, and people do walk away feeling they’ve made a difference.”

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the New Home Baptist Church, 3000 Tecumseh St. before walking through neighborhoods in the 70805 and 70802 ZIP codes to talk to families about safety plans.

From Jan. 1 until mid-February, American Red Cross volunteers helped 25 families — 56 people — in the two ZIP codes.

On average, she said, the American Red Cross helps only about 35 families per month in the entire 10-Parish Capital Area region.

People interested in volunteering for the event, which will run from 8 a.m. until noon, are asked to call Shuniqua Guss at (225) 456-5620.

Firefighters will install fire alarms at homes that need them. Guss said in the past, as many as 100 homes needed fire alarms.

In addition to fire safety, residents will be given information about things like sheltering in place in the case of industrial problems near residential areas.