Strengthen your community’s safety

Learn about the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

PG&E is partnering with the American Red Cross on a mission to transform disaster readiness in our communities, and prevent lives lost due to home fires. The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign aims to motivate people to take three simple steps:

  • Check or install smoke alarms
  • Make a family escape plan
  • Regularly practice the escape plan at home

Teaming up with local Red Cross chapters, fire departments and community agencies in vulnerable neighborhoods throughout PG&E service territories, the program’s activities include:

  • Door-to-door installation of smoke alarms and completion of a home-safety checklist
  • Engagement of youth in classrooms and after school with technology, challenges and science-based education

PG&E collaborated with the Red Cross for more than 40 years on many emergency preparedness initiatives to build safer, more resilient communities


Get the facts about home fires

Following are home fire facts:

  • The most common disaster threat isn’t an earthquake, flood, wildfire or storm—it’s a home fire.
  • Last year, the American Red Cross responded to more than 1,900 home fires across Northern and Central California.
  • The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is a nationwide effort to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25 percent within five years.


Partner for safer communities

"While the fire department and our partners in the City and County may be the first responders, we know that the key to a successful emergency response and recovery in a community relies on a collaborative effort with the people, organizations and businesses of a community. In the long-term, strong public-private partnerships and community engagement will make our communities safer and more resilient to disaster."

Chief Joanne Hayes-White

San Francisco Fire Department


Helping neighbors prepare

The American Red Cross and PG&E announced a milestone in honor of National Fire Prevention month: training, educating or engaging more than 700,000 residents throughout Northern and Central California as part of the Ready Neighborhoods initiative. Learn about the initiative. Visit PG&E, Red Cross Announce Milestone in Educating More than 700,000 Californians.

PG&E presented a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help residents of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties prepare for disasters. Read about the event. Visit Central Coast: PG&E Supports Red Cross in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara Counties.


To educate families on preventing home fires, officials from the American Red Cross Central Valley Region and PG&E returned for a third season of Team Firestopper. Read the announcement. Visit Fresno: Red Cross, PG&E Celebrate Return of Team Firestopper in the Central Valley.


Practice disaster preparedness

For more information on how you, your family, workplace and community can prepare for disasters, visit the following Web pages: