SAN DIEGO – February 5, 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 January 2020, 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 30 incidents, including 24 home fires
Served 49 families, including 132 individuals
Provided canteen services once in Imperial Valley for more than 200 first responders and provided emergency supplies for 100 residents of a San Diego mobile home park that experienced a prolonged power outage.
Service to the Armed Forces (SAF):
More than 1600 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.
Served 171 military members, veterans and their families through Emergency Communication and Critical Community Service cases.
Supported educational and outreach events, including pre-deployment briefings to over 750 personnel.
Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 6,200 hours in January to aid the Red Cross mission.
The January 2020 Volunteer of the Month is Himne Drees. Himne has been a full-time Red Cross volunteer for almost 10 years and has made a measurable impact. She works magic with our volunteer management systems, training and finding resources for new employees and volunteers. In the month of November alone, Himne volunteered over 300 hours! She is an integral part of the Volunteer Services team as well as several other departments at the Red Cross.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
A total of 13,570 women, infants and children received nutrition counseling and support in January 2020.
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.