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Every 16 Hours

Red Cross Capital Region Every 16 Hours
These critical services - providing food, shelter, clothing and more whenever necessary - are made possible thanks to the commitment of our volunteers and the generosity and support of our donors.

In the 24-county Capital Region, Red Cross volunteers are called to respond to a local disaster - on average - once every 16 hours. Most often these disasters are home fires which leave families displaced and wondering what to do next.

Last year in the Capital Region, volunteers responded to more than 550 of these emergencies. So far this year, that number is on the rise.

"Red Cross volunteers are on call and ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide for those impacted by disasters large and small," said Kathleen Weis, CEO for the Red Cross Capital Region. "These critical services - providing food, shelter, clothing and more - are made possible thanks to the commitment of our volunteers and the generosity and support of our donors."

Additionally, the California is in the midst of a severe drought that is leaving the landscape dry and increasing the risks of wildfires throughout the state.

Every 16 Hours is an effort of the Red Cross Capital Region to raise awareness of home and wildfire safety and provide tools and resources you can use to prepare your home and family in case such a disaster were to occur.

You can help to reduce your risk and get prepared by following just a few simple tips:


  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home.
  • Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire.
  • Stay in the home while simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food. Check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Find more preparedness and prevention tips at


  • Build an emergency preparedness kit with enough food, water, and materials to sustain each member of your household (including pets) for at least 3 days
  • Plan and practice two ways out of your neighborhood in case your primary route is blocked.
  • Select a place for family members to meet outside your neighborhood in case you cannot get home or need to evacuate.
  • Identify someone who is out of the area to contact if local phone lines are not working.
  • Find more preparedness tips at

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    The Red Cross relies on the generosity of donors to provide emergency services to those in need. You can help people affected by disasters like home and wildfires in your community by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.