SAN DIEGO- May 28, 2014 – The American Red Cross team of volunteers and staff in San Diego continues to work with those affected by the fires that ravaged San Marcos, Carlsbad and other areas of the region.
Outreach teams consisting of caseworkers, health and mental health workers have been scouring the affected communities to seek out clients who need assistance. Just this past holiday weekend, Red Crossers and multiple partner groups from the local San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) group, assisted families as they return to their homes for clean-up and beginning their recovery journey. The groups helped provide bulk distribution items in the affected neighborhoods to assist with clean up, including supplies like work gloves, masks, buckets, shovels, rakes, etc.
The Red Cross works in close partnership with groups like the VOAD to ensure clients receive the best, most effective assistance possible to get them back on their feet. To date, the Red Cross has opened 118 client cases.
Since fires began on May 13, the Red Cross has also provided:
- 7,966 meals and snacks served
- 306 relief items distributed
- 258 Red Crossers involved
- 242 calls to chapter hotline for assistance
- 468 health services visits with clients
- 836 mental health visits with clients
- 548 overnight shelter stays
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.
HOW TO GET HELP
If you or someone you know has been affected by the wildfires, the Red Cross is here to help. Please call 858-309-1338.
HOW TO GIVE HELP
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 www.redcross.org/sandiego, over the phone by calling 858-309-1278 or by mail to 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA, 92123.
PREPARE SAN DIEGO
Now is the time to prepare for the next disaster. More information about how to prepare should a wildfire threaten your community is available on the Red Cross web sites – www.preparesandiego.orgor www.redcross.org/sandiego.
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 redcross.org/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.