As thousands of people continue to deal with the devastation left behind by the still raging wildfires in California, the American Red Cross is on the ground, providing shelter, food and comfort for them as fires continue to burn in both the northern and southern parts of the state.
On Monday morning, Tri-County Chapter Executive Director Adrian Grieve will deploy from Berks County to Northern California, site of the deadly Camp Fire. Grieve will be developing and leading the Mass Casualty team to assist Northern California residents who have missing relatives, and provide counseling for family members of those who have perished. He previously deployed in September to South Carolina, assisting victims of Hurricane Florence. Grieve is the 10th person that has deployed from the Eastern Pennsylvania Region to provide help and support at evacuation centers to offer safe refuge for people impacted by these devastating fires.
Working with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 45,700 meals and snacks. Volunteer mental health, health and spiritual care professionals have provided more than 12,100 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees. The Red Cross has also distributed more than 14,900 relief items for people forced from their homes.
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.