November’s devastating wildfires took a tragic toll, leaving communities scarred and lives forever changed.
Recovery will be a long and challenging journey for the thousands of individuals and families affected. In the weeks and months to come, we'll be working with our disaster response partners to coordinate ongoing relief efforts and develop longer-term recovery plans.
All numbers are cumulative and represent Red Cross wildfire response efforts to the Camp Fire, Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire in California as of May 8, 2019.
Served over 382,100 meals and snacks with our partners
Over 61,300 overnight shelter stays provided with partners
Distributed over 81,200 relief items like sifters, cleaning supplies, coolers and comfort kits
Over 66,800health, mental health and spiritual care contacts made
Over 10,000 severely affected households provided with recovery financial assistance
Your Gifts Are Bringing Help and Hope to People in Need
Generous donors are helping provide relief and ongoing recovery support for individuals, families and communities devastated by the California Wildfires.
Providing Ongoing Support for Recovery
For 2018 Wildfire Survivors across California, the American Red Cross has allocated $27 million in direct financial assistance. With this support, our aim is to empower survivors to prioritize their own recovery needs.
With the financial assistance portion of our recovery program now closed, the American Red Cross has turned its attention to our Community Recovery Program. With $11 million committed to this program, we work locally to provide grants to non-profit organizations supporting wildfire survivors. This phase of our recovery program prioritizes the most vulnerable survivors in communities with the fewest recovery funding and service resources. These populations include low-income households and communities, seniors, children, people with disabilities and access and functional needs, those who were not eligible for Red Cross individual grants, and those who lack access to the full range of recovery resources from the Federal government.
Support Disaster Relief Efforts
The Red Cross honors donor intent and all donations earmarked for Disaster Relief will be used to help people affected by disasters, big and small. Americans work hard for their money, and we’re committed to being the very best stewards of our donors’ dollar. The Red Cross keeps our expenses low and an average of 90 cents of every dollar we spend is invested in delivering care and comfort to those in need.