American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties’ Month in Review – August 2018
SAN DIEGO – September 6, 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. In August 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 28 incidents, including 17 home fires
- Served 34 families including 83 individuals
- Provided canteen services three times in Imperial County to 96 first responders
Service to the Armed Forces:
- Provided services to 3,623 military members, veterans and spouses.
- Conducted 13 outreach and pre-deployment briefings, fulfilling 100 percent of command requests.
- Service to the Armed Forces caseworkers conducted family follow up on 167 emergency cases for the San Diego Region and provided $2245.15 in emergency financial assistance to military and veteran families.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 7,055 hours this month to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The August 2018 Volunteer of the Month is Mihika Mehra. Mihika is part of the youth Student Trainee American Red Cross (STARC) summer program. Mihika provides general support for the Development team including helping to improve organizational systems, doing vital research, and helping with outreach. Mihika is always eager to help and happy to take on any task provided to her. She approaches her tasks with curiosity and determination, and consistently produces high quality work.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 23,046 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in July 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.
- Prepare San Diego event: Disaster Preparedness for Seniors – Wednesday, September 12
- Through Prepare San Diego, the Red Cross is dedicated to increasing individual, business and community preparedness. Seniors can join Red Cross leadership for an informative presentation and build their own disaster kit, thanks to support from San Diego Gas & Electric. The presentation starts at 10:00 am at the Neighborhood House Association’s Michael Kemp Conference Room (841 S. 41st Street, San Diego, CA 92113).
- Sound the Alarm in San Marcos – Thursday, September 27
- Red Cross volunteers will install free smoke alarms in a San Marcos neighborhood to help the community and make a more resilient San Diego. Find more information at soundthealarm.org/sandiego.
- Prepare San Diego event: Disaster Preparedness for Seniors – Friday, September 28
- Through Prepare San Diego, the Red Cross is dedicated to increasing individual, business and community preparedness. Seniors can join Red Cross leadership for an informative presentation and build their own disaster kit, thanks to support from San Diego Gas & Electric. The presentation starts at 10:00 am at the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center (1525 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101).
- Real Heroes Awards Breakfast – Friday, October 12
- A community celebration aboard the USS Midway Museum honoring individuals and organizations who’ve made a commitment to creating safer, stronger communities and providing help when disaster strikes. More information about the event can be found 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 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.