SAN DIEGO – July 3, 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. Over the 2018 fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 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 309 incidents – the vast majority (80 percent) were home fires
- Served 2,213 families including 12,669 individuals
- Provided canteen services 33 times to more than 1,600 first responders and evacuees
- Installed 6,427 free smoke alarms through Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation events
- Lilac Fire Response – San Diego County
- Four Red Cross shelters provided a safe place to stay, meals, health services and more to evacuees of the Lilac Fire in December 2017. The Red Cross distributed emergency supplies and opened 122 cases for families who had their homes severely damaged or destroyed by the fire to assist 266 people with their recovery needs.
- Tropical Cyclone Gita Response – American Samoa
- The Red Cross assisted American Samoa residents affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita throughout February and March 2018. A total of 1,653 cases were opened for families and included more than 11,000 individuals. Roughly 20 percent of the population of American Samoa received Red Cross assistance.
- National Disaster Responses
- 388 local Red Cross disaster workers filled 539 assignments in 22 different national disaster operations during FY2018
- In just 45 days, the Red Cross responded to six of the year’s largest and most complex disasters during the fall of 2017. Nationwide, the Red Cross deployed 56,000 disaster workers to assist with hurricane and wildfire relief efforts.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 112,662 hours this year to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The 2018 Volunteer of the Year is Sharon Sveningson. Sharon has touched and impressed every department with her meticulous planning and execution of every feeding operation this year. From special recognition events, to Sound the Alarm, to the Lilac Fire response and especially canteen operations for first responders and shelter residents, she has had an incredible impact on the care of disaster victims while also taking care of our own volunteers.
Service to the Armed Forces:
- Provided services to 40,175 military members, veterans and spouses.
- Conducted 123 “Get to Know Us Before You Need Us” briefings, 18 preparedness briefings and 23 resiliency workshops – fulfilling 100 percent of command requests.
- Service to the Armed Forces caseworkers conducted family follow up on 2,241 emergency cases for the San Diego Region.
- Provided over 1,100 Hug-a-Hero Dolls to young children of deployed parents.
- With unprecedented disasters in the fall, there was very generous giving from the local community, including an anonymous donor who came in with a $1 million matching gift for Hurricane Harvey relief and then followed up with a second million-dollar match for Hurricane Irma relief.
- The annual Shelter of Hope campaign ran from June 1-5 and raised nearly $16,000 beyond the $500,000 goal. An Emergency Response Vehicle-turned disaster shelter traveled throughout San
- Diego County to raise funds and awareness for local disaster relief efforts.
- The 2019 Shelter of Hope is scheduled for May 2019.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- 232,570 appointments were provided to women, infants and children for nutrition services at 15 Red Cross WIC locations, including five military sites.
- WIC families were issued a total of $14,117,823 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 $45,170 of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers.
- 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.
Preparedness, Health & Safety Services:
- More than 30,000 people received Red Cross training in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.
- Collected 20,260 pints of blood during 777 local blood drives, saving up to 60,780 lives.
- Nominations deadline for Real Heroes Awards – July 31
- A community celebration aboard the USS Midway Museum on Friday, October 12, honoring individuals and organizations who’ve made a commitment to creating safer, stronger communities and providing help when disaster strikes. 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 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.