The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties provides 24-hour emergency assistance to people affected by fires, floods and other emergencies or disasters. If you or someone you know has recently experienced a disaster, contact us at (855) 891-7325.
Local Red Cross volunteers respond to a local disaster – most often a house or apartment fire – nearly every day. Our volunteers are on call 24 hours a day to assist individuals and families who have lost their home to a house fire, flood, or other devastation.
They come to us, often with only the clothes on their backs, seeking a caring person. In return, our Disaster Action Teams (DAT), made up entirely of volunteers, provide comfort kits for personal hygiene, emergency shelter, food, clothing, and appropriate financial assistance. We connect families to resources such as housing assistance, social services, and mental health services to help assist with the devastating effects of experiencing a disaster.
Click here to learn about how the American Red Cross helps in the event of a disaster, including opening shelters, distributing food and emergency supplies, providing health and mental health services and more. All disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from people in our community.
Interested in becoming a disaster responder? Start the volunteer orientation process today.
Disaster Operations Center
The Disaster Operations Center is a state-of-the-art communication and response coordination center where, in the case of an emergency, Red Cross leadership can coordinate and direct disaster response activities, including opening shelters, delivering food to victims and first responders, assigning trained disaster volunteers to shelters and providing other critical Red Cross services and resources to disaster affected areas.
Completed in Feb. 2012, the regional disaster operations center at the San Diego Regional HQ features technology that enables seamless communication and collaboration on decisions for real-time incident planning, service delivery and assessment. During large-scale disasters, these capabilities are integrated with other emergency/disaster operations centers, including government and private sector organizations. The disaster operations center also provides space for advanced disaster training, simulations and exercises.
Southern California has a high propensity for no-notice events (earthquakes and wildfires, in particular) and this disaster operations center significantly improves response time and command and control capabilities. The total cost for completing the disaster operations center including the workstations and technology within the room was approximately $700,000 and funded primarily through donations with a portion of funding coming from the Recovery Planning & Assistance fund, as well as other grants designated for community readiness.
Along with the Red Cross being ready for emergencies and disasters, we need you to make sure you and your family are as prepared as you possibly can be for potential disasters and other emergencies. Please get prepared before disaster strikes.