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SAN DIEGO- May 20, 2014While the shelters have closed and addressing the immediate basic human needs have slowed, the American Red Cross response to the needs of those affected by last week’s wildfires continues.

In addition to immediate relief, the Red Cross often provides longer-term help to people recovering from a disaster. Disaster recovery is often measured in months and years, and the Red Cross is there to provide hope, comfort and personally tailored support during this time. Trained caseworkers continue to meet one-on-one with those affected to offer personal support as they begin the recovery process. 

Since fires began on Tuesday, May 13, the Red Cross has provided:

-          548 overnight shelter stays

-          4,175 snacks

-          3,500 meals

-          278 comfort kits

-          178 calls to chapter hotline for assistance

-          438 health services visits with clients

-          331 mental health visits with clients


If you or someone you know has been affected by the wildfires, the Red Cross is here to help. Please visit a client intake center below or call 858-309-1338.

The Red Cross has already opened 70 client cases with those affected by the wildfires. For those who’ve yet to talk with Red Cross case workers, or those who may need additional assistance, please see the below times and locations for Client Intake Centers. Red Cross client caseworkers are available to take client needs and assist with additional immediate needs. The Red Cross works closely with other community partners, including the local San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) group, to ensure all client needs are met and assist them through their recovery journey. The information compiled by Red Cross will help clients receive the best, most effective assistance possible to get them back on their feet.

Client Intake Centers – TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

·         Tuesday, 5/20 - 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Calavera Hills Community Park, 2997 Glascow Drive, Carlsbad

·         Wednesday, 5/21 - 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Alga Norte Community Park meeting room, 6565 Alicante Road, Carlsbad

Please be sure to bring:

·         Valid identification

·         Verification of damage (if your property is not already on a damage assessment list, damage assessment will need to be verified by a Red Cross team)


The Red Cross appreciates the good intentions of people wanting to donate items to disaster victims however, financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most. Donations can be made online at, over the phone by calling 858-309-1278 or by mail to 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA, 92123.

Returning Home

·         Do not enter your home until fire officials say it is safe.

·         Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning.

·         Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.

·         Watch for ash pits and mark them for safety—warn family and neighbors to keep clear of the pits also.

·         Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn your pets’ paws or hooves.

·         Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.

·         Wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles.

·         Wear leather gloves and heavy soled shoes to protect hands and feet.

·         Cleaning products, paint, batteries and damaged fuel containers need to be disposed of properly to avoid risk.

More information about how to prepare should a wildfire threaten your community is available on the Red Cross web sites – or

About the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle.  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 or connect with us on  Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.