SAN DIEGO – August 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. In July 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, including 16 home fires
- Served 77 families including 204 individuals
- Provided canteen services twice in Imperial County to nearly 70 first responders
- West Fire Response – July 6-11
- The local Red Cross established a shelter at Los Coches Creek Middle School, serving more than 90 displaced residents with meals, health services, information and more; provided 31 safe overnight shelter stays.
- 98 Red Cross disaster workers from our region responded to the effort (seven staff members, 91 volunteers).
- Red Cross caseworkers opened more than 50 cases for affected families at the County of San Diego’s Local Assistance Center and distributed emergency supplies like rakes, shovels, sifters, masks, gloves and more.
- Pasqual Fire & Rock Fire Responses – July 27 & July 28
- Local Red Cross volunteers provided canteen services at the temporary evacuation points for both the Pasqual Fire and the Rock Fire. In both events, there were no inquiries about a need for overnight housing from evacuees. The canteen teams posted the 24/7 Red Cross disaster assistance phone line in case anyone stopped by in need of assistance overnight.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 7,120 hours this month to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The July 2018 Volunteer of the Month is Dave Cisneros. Dave is a Disaster Action Team lead volunteer in Imperial Valley and is also involved in canteen operations, sheltering, logistics, recruitment, and more. Dave served as the government liaison for the Mexicali Red Cross’ involvement with an Imperial Valley Sound the Alarm free smoke alarm installation event and paved the way for future collaboration. Dave is fully dedicated to the Red Cross mission and helps wherever needed as he is qualified to fulfill almost any volunteer position.
Service to the Armed Forces:
- Provided services to 1,564 military members, veterans and spouses.
- Conducted seven outreach and pre-deployment briefings, fulfilling 100 percent of command requests and reaching 1,346 military families; also conducted two resiliency workshops.
- Service to the Armed Forces caseworkers conducted family follow up on 203 emergency cases for the San Diego Region and provided $1,980.62 in emergency financial assistance to military and veteran families.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 23,238 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in July 2018.
- Throughout the summer, eligible American Red Cross WIC families can pick up a special $20 check booklet at local farmers’ markets to purchase fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs from participating stands. Learn more at sandiegowic.org.
- 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.
- WIC Black Breastfeeding Week Celebration – Saturday, August 18
- The 4th Annual WIC Black Breastfeeding Week event will be held at the Malcom X Library from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Come learn more about the vital benefits breastfeeding has for African American women and their children. Find more info at sandiegowic.org.
- Sound the Alarm in Logan Heights – Saturday, September 1
- Red Cross volunteers will install free smoke alarms in the Lincoln Acres neighborhood to help the community and make a more resilient San Diego. Find more information at soundthealarm.org/sandiego.
- 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 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.