Florida Senate - 2016                            (NP)    SR 1778
       By Senator Montford
       3-03899-16                                            20161778__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the critical mission of the
    3         American Red Cross in Florida and the lifesaving
    4         achievements of its Home Fire Campaign.
    6         WHEREAS, the American Red Cross is a humanitarian
    7  organization founded in 1881 and originally chartered by
    8  Congress as a federal instrumentality in 1900, but today
    9  receives no federal funding, and
   10         WHEREAS, 2016 marks the 135th anniversary of the founding
   11  of the American Red Cross, and
   12         WHEREAS, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates
   13  human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the
   14  power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, and
   15         WHEREAS, American Red Cross disaster assistance is free,
   16  and 91 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to mission
   17  service delivery, and
   18         WHEREAS, the American Red Cross has answered the call to
   19  assist and prepare Floridians before, during, and after
   20  disasters since 1901, and
   21         WHEREAS, the three American Red Cross regions in Florida
   22  are participating in a nationwide campaign to reduce deaths
   23  caused by home fires by 25 percent over the next 4 years by
   24  assisting individuals and families in preparing a fire safety
   25  plan and installing free smoke alarms in homes, and
   26         WHEREAS, the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in its
   27  first year has helped 18,536 individuals prepare personal fire
   28  safety plans and has installed more than 14,932 smoke alarms,
   29  helping to make Floridians better prepared and more resilient,
   30  and
   31         WHEREAS, March is recognized as “American Red Cross Month”
   32  across this nation, and
   33         WHEREAS, the preparedness goals of the American Red Cross
   34  and the organization’s call for disaster preparedness will save
   35  lives, NOW, THEREFORE,
   37  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   39         That we recognize the critical mission of the American Red
   40  Cross in Florida and the lifesaving achievements of its Home
   41  Fire Campaign.