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Month in Review - March 2018

American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties: Month in Review – March 2018 

SAN DIEGO – April 3, 2018 – The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties operates with the mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Throughout March 2018, the following key programs and services were provided throughout the region, which covers all of San Diego and Imperial Counties as well as American Samoa. 

Disaster Services

- Responded to 23 incidents, with 19 of those being home fires. Our region served 99 families, including 243 individuals.

- Mission Valley Gas Leak – March 7: In response to the gas line break at Ulric Street and Friars Road, the Red Cross provided canteen services at two temporary evacuation points and placed a shelter facility on standby, though the evacuation orders were lifted before nightfall.

- Seeley River Bottom Fire – March 25: The Red Cross opened an overnight shelter in Seeley (Imperial County) in response to a river bottom fire that threatened residents of the Rio Bend Country Club. More than 100 residents took refuge at the shelter and 200 meals were served to evacuees. Evacuations orders were lifted the next day, but canteen services were provided to first responders three times during their firefighting response including 571 meals, 650 hydrations and 401 snacks.

-American Samoa Disaster Response: The Red Cross assisted American Samoa residents affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita throughout February and March 2018. A total of 1,653 cases were opened for families and included more than 11,000 individuals. Roughly 20 percent of the population of American Samoa received Red Cross assistance. More than 220 Red Cross disaster workers were involved in the American Samoa disaster relief operation, including staff and volunteers deployed from across the United States, local American Samoa residents, and Red Cross disaster workers supporting the operation remotely. The San Diego Region continues to support the relief effort with casework follow-up calls. 

Service to the Armed Forces (SAF)

- Provided 2,860 services to 1,794 military members, veterans and spouses

- Conducted 11 outreach and pre-deployment briefings, fulfilling 100 percent of command requests and reaching nearly 1,000 military families

- Caseworkers conducted family follow up on 212 emergency cases for the San Diego Region and provided $10,243 in emergency financial assistance to military and veteran families. 

Volunteers Services

-  Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 8,821 hours throughout the month of March to aid the Red Cross mission.

- The March 2018 Volunteer of the Month is Lipea Uta Sui. Lipea works in many activities for the Disaster Services department in American Samoa. He oversaw the arrival, relocation, delivery, warehousing, and support of emergency supplies and equipment during the Cyclone Gita relief operation. Additionally, he helped organized a fantastic welcome for the disaster response workers coming to the island. He is a positive, upbeat and hard-working volunteer. 

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program

- A total of 23,885 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in March 2018

- For more than 40 years, the local Red Cross has administered the WIC program in San Diego County. WIC is a supplemental nutrition assistance program that provides families in the most vulnerable communities with access to nutrition education, breastfeeding support, community resources, and groceries. 

Upcoming Events

- Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. The Red Cross is holding several Sound the Alarm installation events this spring, installing free smoke alarms and going over escape plans with family members. Volunteers are needed. Please visit to sign up to help or to request a free smoke alarm:

          San Marcos – Saturday, April 28: Palomar Estates East, Palomar Estates West & Rancho Vallecitos Mobile Homes

          San Ysidro – Saturday, May 5:  Area between 805 freeway, 905 freeway and Beyer Boulevard 

For more information about the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, please visit 

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 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. 

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