LOS ANGELES, June 15, 2021 — American Red Cross Los Angeles Region volunteers from the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter helped 157 people in Rosemead following a mobile home park fire.
On Monday evening, the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) coordinated emergency aid for the residents, which included financial assistance for lodging and food, one-on-one support and recovery assistance for affected families.
“We normally respond to one, maybe two home fires in a single day, but last night we had 36 homes affected,” said Jennifer Dutton, Disaster Program Specialist for the American Red Cross. “This was a big home fire response, and we had 12 responders from across the region immediately jump in to lend a hand. We are committed to supporting our neighbors during small and large disasters.”
Red Cross volunteers have been trained to maintain social distancing and follow proper safety procedures to continue serving communities impacted by local disasters, during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Rosemead mobile home park is a reminder that every day, people are forced from their homes due to fires, storms and other disasters. Since the beginning of the 2021, Red Cross volunteers responded to 185 home fires in Los Angeles, helping more than 1,200 residents.
Single- and multi-family fires account for 90 percent of all disaster responses. Trained and available volunteers are ready to respond to these emergencies, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. From offering a caring and compassionate ear, to meeting any immediate needs for shelter or supplies, to connecting people with long term recovery services, our volunteers ensure that families do not have to face tough times alone.
STAY SAFE FROM HOME FIRES
We want everyone to be safe with working smoke alarms — which can cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half. The Red Cross urges everyone to follow these safety tips to prevent fires and keep everyone safe:
HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION:
Families in our community, across the country and around the world turn to the Red Cross every day to help #EndHomeFires. Hospital patients still need lifesaving blood; neighbors still need food, shelter and care after disasters; and military families still need support. Your help is needed to fulfill the urgent needs of our mission today at redcross.org/la.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. 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/la or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.