American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties’
Month in Review – July 2019
SAN DIEGO – August 7, 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 July 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 30 incidents, including 21 home fires
- Served 46 families including 177 individuals
- Provided canteen services four times in Imperial County to a total of 166 first responders
Service to the Armed Forces:
- More than 620 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.
- Service to the Armed Forces caseworkers conducted family follow up on 178 emergency cases for the San Diego Region.
- Distributed 122 “Hug-a-Hero” dolls to children of deploying parents.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 3,687 hours in July to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The July 2019 Volunteer of the Month is Pete Kriz. Exhibiting tremendous drive and energy, Pete qualified as a Disaster Action Team (DAT) Lead in a mere three months, one of the quickest qualifications in the past four years. Pete’s successful speedy qualification did not come at the expense of quality. Pete also helps with the Pillowcase Project, which involves disaster preparedness presentations to youth, and he also helped train new presenters. Pete leads the logistics team for Sound the Alarm events, which would not have been as successful without him. Pete is always incredibly friendly and professional. He is willing to lend a hand, offer guidance to others and come up with solutions to ensure a better process.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 20,127 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in July 2019.
- WIC families were issued $33,340 in checks to purchase fruits and vegetables from local farmers' markets.
- 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.
- 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.
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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