(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – When disaster calls, American Red Cross volunteers respond. Seven volunteers from the Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region have answered the call to leave their homes and families to assist those in California impacted by wildfires blazing out of control. Over the coming days and weeks, we expect more volunteers from across our region to deploy.
The volunteers from our region already on the ground in California are one each from Caldwell, Catawba, Forsyth, Henderson, and McDowell Counties and two from Stanly County. In addition to these deployments, the Greater Carolinas Region also has 7 people still serving relief efforts in North Carolina for Hurricane Florence, 11 people in Florida for assistance with Hurricane Michael, and 2 people in Saipon helping with relief efforts for Typhoon Yutu.
“If not for our awesome volunteers, the Red Cross would not be able to deliver its mission of alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies,” said Angela A. Broome Powley, regional executive officer, Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region. “Their passion and commitment to help those in need never ceases to amaze me, yet one after another will tell me they get so much more than they give.”
* Overnight Sunday, more than 2,100 people sought refuge from the wildfires in 18 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across California.
* The Red Cross has deployed enough supplies to shelter as many as 7,000 people, including special equipment to support people with access and functyional needs.
* The Red Cross is mobilizing enough relief supplies to serve as many as 15,000 households. Supplies include sifters, personal protective equipment, respiratory masks, rakes, shovels, work gloves, tarps, and other resources. * The Red Cross has two ways to help you reconnect with loved ones. The free Red Cross Safe and Well website allows people to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done on the website or by texting SAFE to 78876.
The Red Cross Emergency App “I’m Safe” button allows users to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and family know they are out of harm’s way. The Emergency App is in English and Spanish and is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
People can help those affected by the California wildfires by visiting redcross.org, calling 800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.
Anyone interested in volunteering may visit redcross.org/volunteer to search opportunities available.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. 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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.