American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties’ Month in Review – August 2019
SAN DIEGO – September 5, 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 August 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 20 home fires
- Served 31 families including 92 individuals
- Provided canteen services twice in Imperial County to a total of 125 first responders
Hurricane Dorian Disaster Response
- Beginning on August 29, the American Red Cross was preparing to help tens of thousands of people in the path of Hurricane Dorian as the storm strengthened and approached the southeast coast of the United States.
- As of Sept. 5, the Red Cross and community organizations have provided over 31,000 cumulative overnight stays for Hurricane Dorian.
- While the focus of the storm is shifting away from Florida, the Red Cross continues coordinating with partners to support evacuation centers in South Carolina and North Carolina.
- More than 2,500 trained Red Cross responders from all over the country are helping to support relief efforts.
- 21 people from San Diego & Imperial Counties are assigned to the response – 19 on-the-ground across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas and two volunteers who are “virtually deployed” and working remotely on the response.
Service to the Armed Forces:
- More than 900 family members of new military recruits were educated on Red Cross SAF services at the San Diego Military Entrance Processing Station, connected to the Hero Care Network and provided information on Emergency Communication Messages, enabling military members to be contacted by family members in case of an emergency.
- Taught resiliency skills through six impactful workshops for more than 200 California National Guardsmen.
- Distributed 118 “Hug-a-Hero” dolls to children of deploying parents.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 4,670 hours in August to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The August 2019 Volunteer of the Month is Steve Deal. Among his many duties, Steve is an extraordinary Regional Disaster Action Team (DAT) Program Lead and serves on the National RCView DAT Dispatch User Group Committee. Steve is an excellent spokesperson for preparedness and frequently presents disaster preparedness information to a variety of groups. He is an incredibly active Regional Duty Officer, South DAT 3 Team Leader, Shelter Supervisor, Feeding Lead and Planner/Mapper.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 19,850 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in August 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.
- Lifesaving Award presented to University of California San Diego Employee Hector Fletes
- UC San Diego employee Hector Fletes called on his American Red Cross training to save a student’s life when the student experienced two seizures during an Ariel Silks class. For this heroic and lifesaving action, Fletes received the Red Cross Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders on August 29, 2019. The award was presented by local Red Cross Board Member and University of California Regent Charlene Zettel.
“Hector’s actions exemplify our mission to help people prepare for and respond to emergencies,” said Charlene Zettel, local American Red Cross Board Member and University of California Regent who presented Hector with the Lifesaving Award. “The Red Cross encourages everyone to have CPR and first aid training so they can respond when the need arises. Hector’s story is an example of how truly lifesaving this training can be.”
Sound the Alarm Santee – Wednesday, September 11 – 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- On Wednesday, September 11, the local Red Cross will join in the National Day of Service to commemorate September 11, 2001. Volunteers will give back to the community by installing free smoke alarms and educating residents in a 55+ mobile home community in Santee.
- Volunteers are needed and can sign up here.
Real Heroes Awards Breakfast – Friday, October 11
- A community celebration aboard the USS Midway Museum honoring local individuals and organizations who’ve made a commitment to creating safer, stronger communities and providing help when disaster strikes.
- More information about the event is 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, Twitter and YouTube.
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