SAN DIEGO – January 3, 2020 – 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 December 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 40 incidents, including 31 home fires
Served 55 families, including 155 individuals
Provided canteen services seven times for more than 200 first responders and displaced residents.
In calendar year 2019, the local Red Cross responded to 314 incidents across San Diego and Imperial Counties and America Samoa. Home fires accounted for 241 of those incidents (77%). A total of 454 families were assisted, including 1,354 individuals. Canteen services were provided 30 times serving first responders and displaced residents.
2019 National Disaster Responses:
57 local Red Cross disaster workers filled 103 assignments in 25 separate national disaster relief operations, from flooding in the Midwest to hurricanes on the East Coast to wildfires across California and more.
In San Diego County, a mobile home and concurrent apartment building fire in Chula Vista, a gas leak in Mission Bay and the Sawday and Miller Fires were among the local disaster responses that required opening overnight shelters for displaced residents.
Service to the Armed Forces (SAF):
More than 700 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.
Collected an additional 1,000 holiday cards, for a total of 2,000 cards, in support of Holiday for Heroes. Cards will be mailed and delivered to deployed military service members and to local veterans.
Red Cross adult and youth volunteers visited the Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Chula Vista Veterans Home to carol and bring holiday cheer.
Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 5,507 hours in December to aid the Red Cross mission.
The December 2019 Volunteer of the Month is Fa’asaei Davenport. Fa’asaei is an outstanding volunteer for the American Red Cross in American Samoa. Fa’asaei goes out of her way to help train other volunteers and she is always willing to offer an extra hand in times of need. She is a key member of the Disaster Action Team when disaster strikes the American Samoa Islands and she was recognized for her work with the Disaster Assessment Team during the 2018 Tropical Cyclone Gita relief operation.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
A total of 13,626 women, infants and children received nutrition counseling and support in December 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.
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.