The American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region serves Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and provides 24-hour emergency assistance to people affected by wildfires, home fires, floods and other emergencies and disasters.
Local Red Cross volunteers respond to hundreds of disasters a year in our region – most often home and apartment fires. Our volunteers are on call 24 hours a day to assist individuals and families who have lost their home to a house fire, flood, or other devastation.
Those affected by disasters come to us, often with only the clothes on their backs, seeking a caring person. In return, our Disaster Action Teams (DAT), made up entirely of volunteers, provide comfort kits for personal hygiene, emergency shelter, food, clothing, and appropriate financial assistance. We connect families to resources such as housing assistance, social services, and mental health services to help assist with the devastating effects of experiencing a disaster.
During large-scale disasters like wildfires, our trained volunteers set up evacuation centers and shelters where evacuees can find a safe place to stay and access to food, comfort items, health and emotional services, and more. Most importantly, our shelters are a place where evacuees can find a sense of community, a compassionate listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, and a warm hug from our dedicated volunteers.
Red Cross disaster relief also includes support to first responders. When requested by authorities, Red Cross volunteers will provide on-scene canteening services – such as delivery of snacks, meals and beverages – to local agencies during extended law enforcement operations such as SWAT incidents and search and rescue operations.
Click here to learn about how the American Red Cross helps in the event of a disaster, including opening shelters, distributing food and emergency supplies, providing health and mental health services and more. All disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from people in our community.
Interested in becoming a disaster responder? Start the volunteer sign-up and orientation process today.