Red Cross Helps 32 Displaced by Fire

Silicon Valley Response
“I’m always amazed at how quickly volunteers are willing to accommodate their schedules to be on the scene. Our volunteers really make things happen!” - Stephanie Wilde

Red Cross volunteers are always ready and willing to help at a moment’s notice. On April 23, more than a dozen volunteers from the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter responded to a two-alarm apartment fire, which displaced 32 people in Milpitas.

The fire that started in the kitchen of one apartment left eight units without power for 24 hours. Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers were on the scene and quickly took action to make the displaced residents feel comfortable.

Mass Care Co-lead, Stephanie Charles, tried several options to find vacant hotel rooms and when not enough rooms were available, she and her team opened a temporary shelter at the Indian Community Center in Milpitas.

Volunteers set up cots, blankets, snacks, and dinner to help people feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible at the shelter. The shelter stayed open until everyone found temporary housing the next day. It was just another day for our dedicated volunteers, but it meant the world of difference to the people affected by the fire.

“I’m always amazed at how quickly volunteers are willing to accommodate their schedules to be on the scene,” said Stephanie Wilde, DAT Dispatcher that day. “Our volunteers really make things happen!”

Thank you to the following volunteers for your hard work and dedication to the people affected by the April 23 fire:

  • Roxanne Anderson
  • Woody Baker-Cohn
  • Kent Fielden
  • Michael Garcia
  • Carla Gerber
  • Tom Gerber
  • Mo Ghandehari
  • Shelley Giles
  • Alison Hughes
  • Rini Johar
  • Kelley Johnson
  • Jack Maxfield
  • Demetrious McCarthy
  • Susanne Newswanger
  • Phyllis Schmidt
  • Stephanie Wilde