American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties’ Month in Review – April 2019
SAN DIEGO – May 3, 2019 – 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 April 2019, 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 27 incidents, including 25 home fires
- Served 38 families including 120 individuals
- Provided canteen services once in Imperial County to 40 first responders.
Service to the Armed Forces:
- Provided 1,159 services to 2,318 military members, veterans and their families.
- Conducted 29 outreach and pre-deployment briefings, fulfilling 100 percent of command requests.
- Service to the Armed Forces caseworkers conducted family follow up on 605 emergency cases for the San Diego Region.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 8,547 hours in April to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The April 2019 Volunteer of the Month was Debbie McQuillan. Debbie is a Disaster Cycle Services volunteer who manages the emergency shelter database for the San Diego Region. Because of her excellent work, our level of preparedness and our regional readiness has significantly increased. Thanks to Debbie, we know that when a future disaster affects any part of our region, from Pala to Winterhaven, San Ysidro to Carlsbad, we have pre-identified shelters in safe locations that are ready and willing to open their doors to our clients.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 20,780 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in April 2019.
- 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.
Shelter of Hope – continues through May 8
Join us through May 8 as the Shelter of Hope travels throughout San Diego raising funds and awareness to support local Red Cross services:
- May 1: American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties | Kearny Mesa
- May 2: San Diego State University | Joan & Art Barron Veterans Center
- May 3: Petco Park
- May 4: Sound the Alarm | Chula Vista
- May 5: Old Town San Diego
- May 6: San Diego Humane Society | San Diego Campus – Gaines Street
- May 7: UC San Diego – Blood Bash Blood Drive | Library Walk
- May 8: World Red Cross Day
Stay updated with the Shelter of Hope and the Red Cross by following us on Facebook and Twitter and join the conversation using #ShelterOfHope. Find more information on Shelter of Hope at crowdrise.com/shelterofhope
Sound the Alarm – May 4
Sound the Alarm signature event (Chula Vista) – Saturday, May 4
- 250+ volunteers installing 1,000+ smoke alarms in one day
- Bilingual volunteers especially needed. Follow the link for more information or to sign up: https://rdcrss.org/2KxxjLB
- Working smoke alarms save lives. Information on how to get involved or how to request a smoke alarm installation visit can be found 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 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, Twitter and YouTube.
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