American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties: Month in Review – July 2017
SAN DIEGO – August 3, 2017 – 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 July 2017, 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 22 incidents, with 17 of those being home fires
- Served 33 families including 98 individuals
- Provided canteen services to two incidents, serving 72 first responders and 12 citizens
- Jennings Fire Response – July 11
- Seven Red Cross volunteers responded to open canteen services for evacuated residents while over 20 additional volunteers and staff were poised to open a shelter if needed. Thanks to firefighters’ swift work, the evacuations were lifted and there was no need to open a shelter. The fire was fully contained on July 13.
- Lost Fire Response – July 22-23
- 15+ Red Cross workers mobilized to open a shelter at Olive Pierce Middle School in Ramona for residents affected by the evacuation advisory in Warner Springs. The shelter was open overnight, but there were no evacuees needing services as the evacuation advisory never became mandatory and was soon lifted. The fire was fully contained on July 26.
Services to the Armed Forces:
- Provided services to over 1,600 military members and spouses in July.
- Conducted four “Get to Know Us Before You Need Us” and two preparedness briefings – fulfilling 100percent of command requests and reaching nearly 1,500 military families; additional briefings and resiliency workshops are scheduled.
- Services to the Armed Forces caseworkers conducted family follow up on over 170 emergency cases for the San Diego Region.
- Provided over 2,000 Red Cross Comfort Kits for homeless veterans at the annual San Diego Veteran’s Stand Down.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 4,702 hours this month to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The July 2017 Volunteer of the Month is Christina Valle. Christina Valle is one of only five volunteer Disaster Acton Team (DAT) leads in the Imperial County, making her one of Imperial County’s most active volunteers. In addition to DAT, she is a member of the sheltering and workforce engagement teams. Christina also joined our disaster casework team, working with families affected by disasters to create and help implement plans that allow them to return to their regular lifestyles.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 19,715 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in July 2017.
- 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.
- Real Heroes Awards Breakfast – Friday, September 29
- A community celebration aboard the U.S.S. Midway Museum honoring local individuals and organizations who’ve made a commitment to creating safer, stronger communities and providing help when disaster strikes.
- More information about the event is available at redcross.org/sandiego/realheroes
- Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. – Saturday, October 7
- Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. Most fires occur in homes that lack working smoke alarms, which can cut the risk of death by half.
- We’re hitting the pavement to Sound the Alarm and install free smoke alarms – 1,000+ alarms in one day on October 7 in Logan Heights.
- More information about the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and Sound the Alarminstallation event (including how to donate or volunteer) is available at soundthealarm.org/sandiego.
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 four-year 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.