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:
Find more preparedness and prevention tips at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/home-fire
Find more preparedness tips at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire
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 www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.