It was a Wednesday evening when the call went out for volunteers. The American Red Cross Central Valley Region had been requested to help distribute water to the residents of Seville in Tulare County. An outdated water system combined with severe drought conditions left the small community of about 100 homes without safe drinking water. The Office of Emergency Services (OES) requested Red Cross assistance to help distribute drinking water to the 500 residents.
Early Thursday morning, Red Cross workers and emergency response vehicles from around the Central Valley met with OES in Seville. Together they went door to door, meeting with families to notify them of the coming distribution, and to find out how many people lived in each home.
“The residents were so appreciative and eager to meet with the Red Cross,” said Regional Director of Communications Jessica Piffero, “We were happy to assist these families and get them this water that they so desperately needed.”
When the water arrived, Red Cross workers and the Tulare County Fire Department distributed the water to the homes. Red Cross emergency response vehicles travelled street to street and volunteers went door to door to hand deliver the water to the residents. Working alongside government partners, the volunteers were able to meet a vital need in the community of Seville.
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