American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties: Month in Review – February 2018
SAN DIEGO – March 2, 2018 – 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.
Throughout February 2018, 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 to 26 incidents, with 20 of those being home fires o Served 54 families including 130 individuals.
- Provided canteen services once serving snacks, 150 meals and drinks to first responders and residents.
- American Samoa Disaster Response o Monsoonal rains caused flooding and landslides in American Samoa and were closely followed by Tropical Cyclone Gita, which hit American Samoa on Feb. 9 as a Category 2 cyclone with more rain and wind gusts up to 69 miles per hour. The American Red Cross is there, providing relief services to people impacted by the storm, floods and landslides. To date in the American Samoa disaster response, the American Red Cross has more than 180 Red Cross workers (staff and volunteers) assisting the recovery efforts including several San Diego-based workers deployed to American Samoa and several more supporting the response remotely. The Red Cross has served more than 15,000 meals, hosted 13 emergency supply distribution sites in local villages, handed out more than 30,000 emergency supply items and opened more than 760 cases to help the families that had their homes damaged recover.
Service to the Armed Forces (SAF):
- Provided 4,365 services to 1,669 military members, veterans and spouses.
- Conducted nine outreach and pre-deployment briefings, fulfilling 100 percent of command requests and reaching over 3,600 military families; also scheduled six resiliency workshops.
- Service to the Armed Forces caseworkers conducted family follow up on 169 emergency cases for the San Diego Region and provided $6,356 in emergency financial assistance to military and veteran families.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 8,837 hours throughout the month of February to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The February 2018 Volunteer of the Month is Tammy Chrones. Tammy served as the on-site nurse for the annual Youth Leadership camp. Not only did she make sure that our youth stayed well and healthy, she also drove one of the team vans and participated throughout the entirety of the camp. In addition to her stellar work at the youth camp, Tammy regularly serves with our Disaster Health Services team as a Registered Nurse.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 19,266 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in February 2018.
- For more than 40 years, the local Red Cross has administered the WIC program in San Diego County. WIC is a supplemental nutrition assistance program that provides families in the most vulnerable communities with access to nutrition education, breastfeeding support, community resources, and groceries.
- San Diego Gulls’ Red Cross Night – Friday, March 16: The puck drops at 7:00pm and local Red Cross volunteers and supporters will be honored throughout the night, courtesy of Wawanesa Insurance. All tickets purchased through sandiegogulls.com/redcross will benefit the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties.
\n\n- Disaster Preparedness Academy – Friday, March 23: At this fourth annual event, participants will gain valuable skills and insights necessary to protect their business, employees, family, and community from the potential impacts of disasters or emergencies. Presented by the American Red Cross Business Leadership Council and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. More information is available at redcross.org/sandiego/DPA.
\n\n-American Red Cross Giving Day – Wednesday, March 28: Once a year, Red Cross Giving Day brings communities together to help families who have been impacted by a home fire or other disaster. Together we can provide urgently needed Red Cross services to help them get back on their feet. Find out more at redcross.org/givingday.
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 of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support, we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; services to deployed military personnel and their families, and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. 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 and YouTube and Twitter.