August 23, 2017 – More lives are lost to fires than any other major disaster.  Sound the Alarm is an effort to install at least 700 fire detectors in the Bi-State Region on October 14, 2017.  These detectors are free and have 10-year lithium batteries.  Red Cross is asking everyone to spread the word about this life-saving program, and is collecting appointments and recruiting volunteers.  To make an appointment, visit or call 309-743-2166 or 844-319-6560 and press 9.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – All day telethon with WQAD to schedule appointments
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Installation day (volunteer training locations and fire detector pick-up locations in Muscatine, Moline, and Kewanee)

In addition, bedside alarms will be available for hard-of-hearing and/or deaf residents in need.  Once the initial home visit is made to install traditional smoke alarms, and the need for a bedside alarm is documented, volunteers will go back to install bedside alarms at a later date.