American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties’ Month in Review – January 2019
SAN DIEGO – February 6, 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 January 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 25 incidents, including 19 home fires
- Served 25 families including 66 individuals
- Three lives saved in San Diego: The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties hosted a Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm event last April at the Bayview Mobile Home Park, installing hundreds of smoke alarms and leaving behind information on how to request a free smoke alarm installation for residents who weren't home. Fanny Contreras called back with a request for alarms and volunteers from the Burn Institute, a Red Cross partner organization, returned to install three smoke alarms in her home. Less than six months later, a fire sparked in a bedroom. Fanny and her two adult children were able to safely escape the fire after being alerted to the flames by the beeping smoke alarms. Click here to see her story.
Service to the Armed Forces:
- Provided 952 services to 1202 military members, veterans and spouses.
- Conducted 18 outreach and pre-deployment briefings, fulfilling 100 percent of command requests.
- Service to the Armed Forces caseworkers conducted family follow up on 288 emergency cases for the San Diego Region and provided $71,823.47 in emergency financial assistance to military and veteran families.
- $61,650.00 was provided to Coast Guard Members and their families due to the Federal Funding Lapse.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 7,019 hours in January to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The January 2019 Volunteer of the Month is Jerome Fontenette. Jerome came to the rescue during flooding in early December and helped tow two trailers to a shelter site serving residents impacted by residential flooding. In December, he also cleared his schedule to help our Service to the Armed Forces team deliver holiday gifts, traveling all over San Diego County to collect and distribute gifts for military families in need. Jerome is unconditionally committed to the Red Cross and always says yes to an assignment. He is willing to put in long hours and keeps a good sense of humor regardless of what he is doing.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 21,626 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in January 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.
- Disaster Preparedness Academy – Friday, March 8. Local businesses are invited to join the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce for the fifth annual Disaster Preparedness Academy. Attendees will gain skills and insights necessary to protect their business, employees, family and community from the potential impacts of disasters or emergencies. Plus, Keynote Speaker Lynn Reaser, Ph.D., CBE. will deliver an important message about the regional economic impact of disasters.
- Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. Three smoke alarm installation events are scheduled in the coming months: Lakeside in March, El Cajon in April and Chula Vista in May. The appointment-based installation program continues to run with support from the Burn Institute. Working smoke alarms save lives and we want all San Diegans to be safe – 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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