SAN DIEGO – December 4, 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 November 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 20 home fires
Served 53 families, including 144 individuals
Provided canteen services for first responders and displaced residents twice
Service to the Armed Forces (SAF):
More than 850 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.
Supported educational and outreach events, including pre-deployment briefings to over 1,300 personnel.
Collected over 1,000 holiday cards in support of Holiday for Heroes. Cards will be mailed and delivered to deployed military service members and to local veterans.
Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 10,008 hours in November to aid the Red Cross mission.
The November 2019 Volunteer of the Month is Arnold Torma. Arnold is a humble hero who stepped into the National Shelter System Coordinator role in the absence of his volunteer supervisor during the October wildfire responses. Even though it was his first time in this position, he impressed everyone with his mastery of presenting shelter data. Arnold manages shelter location assessments across San Diego County. This includes coordinating facility visits with partners, completion of shelter surveys, follow up with facility points-of-contact, weekly reporting and more. Thanks to Arnold's leadership and enormous commitment of time to this massive program, our region is much better prepared to shelter people in times of disaster.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
A total of 13,237 women, infants and children received nutrition counseling and support in November 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.
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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.