SAN DIEGO, March 1, 2016 — This March, the Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is celebrating everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. For more than 70 years, all presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
“Our community is full of everyday heroes who help others in need,” said Bill Earley, CEO of the Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “They are our selfless Red Cross volunteers, financial contributors, and blood donors who bring hope -- and hugs -- to people facing life’s emergencies. This month, and always, we thank them for their tremendous support.”
The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. The Red Cross responds to a community disaster approximately every 24 hours in San Diego and Imperial Counties, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. Other lines of service include 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world, collecting blood, training millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills.
In fiscal year 2015, the San Diego/Imperial Counties region responded to more than 230 local emergencies, assisted 46,000 military families, trained over 33,000 people in lifesaving skills, all with the support of more than 2,000 volunteers.
“It’s easy to become a Red Cross community hero,” said Earley. “Be ready for an emergency by creating a preparedness plan for your home. Test your smoke detectors and tell your neighbors to do the same. You may even consider signing up to be a Red Cross volunteer, or make a financial donation.”
San Diego has various activities planned for Red Cross Month, including the Disaster Preparedness Academy on March 9, 2016 in partnership with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Visit redcross.org/sandiego for more information, or consider one of these simple steps:
o The majority of the local Red Cross’ every day responses are to home-fires, which often times take everything that makes a house a home. During Red Cross Month, help give back what fire takes by making a donation toward necessities that provide safety and comfort for those affected by home fires.
o Make a Plan, Get a Kit: Work on a preparedness plan for your household and get your emergency kit in order. Become part of the quest to get one million prepared in the San Diego region! Visit preparesandiego.org for more details.
o Get Trained: CPR/First Aid, Pet first aid, babysitter’s training and more. Visit redcross.org/takeaclass to sign up and get trained in the month of March.
o Give Blood: One blood donation can save up to three lives. Make an appointment during March at redcrossblood.org or (800) RED-CROSS.
o There are volunteer opportunities for every skill set, every interest and every schedule. Visit redcross.org/sandiego for more details.
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties 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; 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.
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