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September 11th
Day of Service and Remembrance


The Arc of South Carolina and the Columbia-Richland Fire Rescue co-hosted a FREE Life Safety Expo on Monday, September 11th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Earlewood Park, located at 1111 Parkside Dr. Columbia, SC 29203.

Ariel Thomas, PFEO, and firefighters from Station 13 put on a wonderful and informative Fire & Life Safety presentation. There was Fire Extinguisher Training, Smoke Alarm Safety Tips, and the opportunity to explore the Fire Truck!

September 11th is Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

It has been more than two decades since 9/11. We honor and commemorate the sacrifices made that day by remembering the heroes, armed forces, first responders, and countless others' acts of service to defend our nation's freedom. 

Remember the fallen by lifting our communities and honoring those heroes by helping someone in need. Make a difference, unite through service, and show that we remember.



Resources for Preparing for Emergency & Crisis Situations is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.
Learn how your family can prevent home fires, escape from a home fire in 2 minutes, and recover after a home fire by visiting the American Red Cross here.
Fire Safe South Carolina - A Community Risk Reduction Program: Smoke Alarm Request
Learn how to make a disaster preparedness kit here.
Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast and emergency responders aren't always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. You are the help until help arrives. Learn how to be your own first responder here.
Food and Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency (resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Learn more here.
Find an American Red Cross local blood drive here.
The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies is the only U.S. disability-led organization with a focused mission of equity for people with disabilities during and after disasters.
Dominion Energy's Storm Preparation & Safety Guide can be found here.
Visit The Arc of South Carolina's Emergency Preparedness Page for even more resources!

If you have any questions or would like more information about volunteering, contact us at or call us at (803) 748-5020.

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