SAN DIEGO – October 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 September 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 20 incidents, including 15 home fires
- Served 44 families including 119 individuals
- Provided canteen services in San Diego County to a total of 45 first responders
Service to the Armed Forces:
- More than 750 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.
- SAF supported 15 educational and outreach events, including seven pre-deployment briefings, delivering information to help over 800 pre-deploying service members and their families better understand, prepare for and respond to the challenges of a military deployment.
- Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 3,029 hours in September to aid the Red Cross mission.
- The September 2019 Volunteer of the Month is Royce Wolfe. Royce has an infectious, can-do attitude. He is always upbeat and willing to take on more responsibility if it helps accomplish a goal. He leads by example and encourages others to do the same. In the past few months, Royce has volunteered in many different positions, including helping with an all-night Disaster Action Team response, driving the canteen to a temporary evacuation point during the Caliente Fire, installing smoke alarms and doing shelter surveys at new partner facilities.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
- A total of 19,545 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in September 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.
- Real Heroes Awards Breakfast – Friday, October 11: A community celebration aboard the USS Midway Museum honoring local individuals and organizations who’ve made a commitment to creating safer, stronger communities and providing help when disaster strikes. More information about the event is available at redcross.org/sandiego/realheroes.
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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