12 www.ctaahq.org SOUND THE ALARM S ince 2018, the Red Cross has proudly held our signature annual event, Sound the Alarm. Save a Life., installing smoke alarms and providing home fire education in at-risk neighborhoods across the region. Home fires haven’t stopped during COVID-19, and the Red Cross remains committed to raising aware- ness about home fires and how people can better pre- pare themselves and their families. That is why this Spring, we are excited to announce a Prepare-a-thon event with a focus on making homes safer through a virtual experience. The Prepare-a-thon is a month-long challenge, kick- ing off April 8 — and we need your help! CTAA has participated in the Annual Sound the Alarm smoke detector installs for the past few years, and as with everything, COVID has changed this event as well. Please see below for more information and keep an eye out for updates on opportunities to participate from CTAA Public Relations Committee! During the Prepare-a-thon, volunteers will seek to educate and prepare the people in their home fire safety networks. There will be prizes for top volun- teers, those who will educate the most people. Volunteers will be trained on home fire safety and will be provided with all the materials they need. They can then deliver the quick 10-minute home fire safety preparedness education to people they know virtually over the phone or via Facetime, Zoom, etc. Volunteers can provide the education at times that are convenient for them during the month-long challenge. Participants can register as an individual or a team. For more information and to sign up, visit: [redcross.org/ctsoundthealarm or redcross.org/ri- soundthealarm] Though our efforts may look a little different this year, the goal is still the same: to save lives. As there is a lot of work to do between now and April, we ask that individuals or organizations who would like to participate register TODAY! Thank you for your annual support — Connecticut Apartment Association.