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At-a-Glance: Red Cross Response to Wildfires, Hurricanes

In the last seven weeks, the American Red Cross has launched wide-ranging relief efforts to help people devastated by three historic, back-to-back hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria. And now, the Red Cross is helping thousands of families affected by the deadliest week of wildfires in California history. The Red Cross is on the ground, part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to communities turned upside down.

California Wildfires

• Overnight, more than 2,250 people sought refuge from wildfires in 41 Red Cross and community shelters across the state.

• Since the fires began, the Red Cross, community and government partners have provided nearly 24,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters.

• With the help of partners, the Red Cross has served more than 38,100 meals and snacks, and provided more than 3,100 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.

More than 770 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground in California now, with an additional 290 on the way.

Hurricane Response Efforts (Harvey, Irma and Maria)

• In the last seven weeks, the Red Cross, along with community and government partners, has provided 1.3 million (1,314,000) overnight stays in emergency shelters. That’s more overnight shelter stays than the past 5 years combined. Shelters were opened in 8 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes—

  • For Harvey, more than 433,000 overnight shelter stays in Texas and Louisiana.
  • For Irma, more than 648,000 overnight shelter stays across six states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • For Maria, more than 232,000 overnight stays in primarily government shelters across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • • With the help of partners, the Red Cross has served 6.7 million (6,715,000) meals and snacks — that’s more food than the past 4 years combined.

    • The Red Cross has distributed 3.5 million (3,509,000) emergency relief items to people in need.

    • Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 190,000 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.

    • A total of nearly 16,000 trained disaster workers, 91 percent of them volunteers, have been mobilized to support hurricane relief efforts. Many of these workers have supported multiple relief operations or deployed multiple times.

    • Right now, more than 2,000 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground. More than 100 Red Cross workers from around the world have deployed to the United States to help with hurricane relief efforts.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.