SAN DIEGO – July 10, 2019 – 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. Over the 2019 fiscal year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019), 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:
- Responded 303 times to 285 incidents, including 215 home fires
- Served 471 families including 1,381 individuals
- Provided canteen services 25 times to more than 900 first responders and evacuees
- Nearly 10,000 free smoke alarms were installed in more than 3,300 homes through Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events. A total of 2,911 youth in grades 3-5 were educated on disaster preparedness through Pillowcase Project presentations.
- West Fire Response – San Diego County
- A Red Cross shelter provided a safe place to stay, meals, health services and more to evacuees of the West Fire in July 2018. The Red Cross distributed emergency supplies and opened 52 cases for families who had their homes severely damaged or destroyed by the fire to assist 128 people with their recovery.
- December Flash Flooding – San Diego and National City
- A Red Cross shelter provided a safe place to stay, meals, health services and more to evacuees of the storm caused flash flooding in National City and the City of San Diego in December 2018. The Red Cross distributed emergency supplies and opened 69 cases for families who had their homes damaged by the flood to assist 230 people with their recovery.
- ·National Disaster Responses
o 177 local Red Cross disaster workers filled 321 assignments in 33 different national disaster operations during FY2019.
Service to the Armed Forces:
- Through all programs, SAF provided more than 50,000 services to military members, veterans and spouses.
- Conducted “Get to Know Us Before You Need Us” briefings to nearly 15,000 military members, veterans, and spouses, and 19 resiliency workshops for 265 military family members – fulfilling 100 percent of command requests.
- Service to the Armed Forces caseworkers conducted family follow up on over 3,000 emergency cases for the San Diego Region.
- Provided more than 1,700 Hug-a-Hero Dolls to young children of deployed parents.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 122,207 hours this year to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The 2019 Volunteer of the Year is Rick Krukowski. Rick is a dedicated volunteer who helped start appointment-based smoke alarm installation program, form program procedures and onboard new volunteers into the program. He works tirelessly during Sound the Alarm events, frequently responds to Disaster Action Team calls, assists at fundraising events and more.
- Fundraising efforts focused on Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. and Emergency Response Vehicle campaigns as well as disaster relief and other local Red Cross services.
- The annual Shelter of Hope campaign ran from May 1-8 and raised nearly $40,000 beyond the $500,000 goal. An Emergency Response Vehicle-turned disaster shelter traveled throughout San Diego County to raise funds and awareness for local Red Cross services.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- 87,114 appointments were provided to women, infants and children for nutrition services at 13 Red Cross WIC locations, including four military sites.
- Red Cross WIC families were issued a total of $11,801,850 in grant funding from the California Department of Public Health for healthy foods that promote adequate nutrition during pregnancy and early childhood. The Farmers Market Nutrition Program enabled WIC families to purchase $45,300 of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers.
- Collected 20,367 pints of blood during 875 local blood drives, saving up to 61,101 lives.
- More than 37,000 people received Red Cross training in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.
Nominations deadline for Real Heroes Awards – July 31
- A community celebration aboard the USS Midway Museum on Friday, October 11, honoring individuals and organizations who’ve made a commitment to creating safer, stronger communities and providing help when it is needed most. Nominations for awards are accepted through July 31.
- More information about the event and nomination forms are available at redcross.org/sandiego/realheroes.
For more information about the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, please visit redcross.org/sandiego.
About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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