American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties’ Month in Review – September 2018
SAN DIEGO – October 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 September 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 19 incidents, including 15 home fires
- Served 34 families including 83 individuals
- Provided canteen services three times – twice in Imperial County to 95 first responders and once in San Diego County to 70 first responders
- National Relief Operations
- Typhoon Mangkhut – four people from the San Diego region supported the disaster response in Guam (three in-person deployments and one virtual deployment)
- Hurricane Florence – a total of 44 people from across our region deployed to assist with this response effort including five virtual deployments and 39 deployments to Virginia, North and South Carolina. Several local volunteers are still working on the response.
Service to the Armed Forces:
- Provided services to 2,147 military members, veterans and spouses.
- Conducted 20 outreach and pre-deployment briefings, fulfilling 100 percent of command requests.
- Service to the Armed Forces caseworkers conducted family follow up on 145 emergency cases for the San Diego Region and provided $6,616 in emergency financial assistance to military and veteran families. Provided emergency communications for seven American Samoan military families.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 5,402 hours this month to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The September 2018 Volunteer of the Month is Ron Brav. Ron Brav performs everyday work across the logistics team and teaches several classes. He is essential to assisting the facilities department with vehicles and other maintenance efforts. Ron's trustworthiness, dedication to the Red Cross, his dependability and sense of responsibility is invaluable.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 22,735 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in September 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.
- 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.
Sound the Alarm free smoke alarm installations
- Holtville – Saturday, October 27
- Ramona – Saturday, November 3
- Santee – Tuesday, December 4
- Red Cross volunteers will install free smoke alarms to help the community and make a more resilient San Diego. Find more information at soundthealarm.org/sandiego.
Great California ShakeOut – Thursday, October 18
- More than 10 million Californians will participate in this year’s ShakeOut, an annual exercise designed to raise awareness of earthquake risks and increase overall preparedness. Join us from 9:45-10:45am on Thursday, October 18, in our Disaster Operations Center to practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” and for a presentation from Dr. Pat Abbott, professor of geology at SDSU and author of the textbook “Natural Disasters.” RSVP online or call 858-309-1278.
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.