Basementeer Spotlight: Red Cross
About the Red Cross
(From the Red Cross:)
The American Red Cross of the Northern California Coastal Region is comprised of five chapters that serve more than 10 million people throughout 15 counties. The North Bay Chapter serves Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties; the Bay Area serves Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties; the Silicon Valley Chapter serves Santa Clara County; the Heart of the Valley Chapter serves Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties; and the Central Coast Chapter serves Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.
Our region provides help and hope to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Additionally, we collect and distribute lifesaving blood, provide support for active military, veterans and their families, and teach CPR/AED, first aid, aquatics and other vital skills throughout our region.
Our work is made possible through the strength of our volunteers, the generosity of our donors, and the support of our partnerships with government agencies, community organizations and businesses. It’s these very individuals and organizations who are the face of the Red Cross in our communities, enabling us to fulfill our mission 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Red Cross and California Wildfires
Photo from Red Cross.
(From their August 24, 2020 press release)
In California, more than 470 trained Red Cross disaster workers have been mobilized to support relief efforts on the ground or virtually. They are focused on helping to make sure evacuees have a safe place to stay, including shelters and emergency hotel lodging where possible. Volunteers are also supporting cooling centers and temporary evacuation points, which are sites dedicated to directing evacuees to the best sheltering option for their individual needs.
Sunday night, the Red Cross and our partners provided more than 2,300 people in California with refuge from the wildfires with emergency lodging, including shelters and, in some circumstances, hotels. With the help of partners, the Red Cross has provided nearly 6,000 meals and snacks and distributed more than 160 relief items including comfort kits and other supplies to people in need. The Red Cross has also provided more than 1,000 individual care contacts to help people with medical or disability needs or provide emotional and spiritual support during this challenging time.
FINDING SHELTER It’s critical that those in the path of wildfires listen to the advice of local authorities and evacuate immediately if asked to do so. To find an open shelter, visit redcross.org or view open shelters through the Red Cross Emergency app. If you don’t have access to a computer or smart phone, call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) to be connected to your local chapter. Alternatively, try calling 211, if this service is available in your area, or your local emergency management office.
Make sure to include your pets as part of your emergency plan. Due to COVID-19, the Red Cross is unable to welcome pets into our shelters for everyone’s safety; we are working with partners to establish co-located pet shelters. If you are evacuating with pets, please consider contacting the Red Rover organization; they are equipped to help with arrangements for animals that need shelter or relocation.
How You Can Support
90% of the Red Cross work force are volunteers. If you're at low risk for COVID-19 and able to donate your time, you can find local volunteer opportunities below.
In addition, you can help Red Cross continue to provide shelter and medical aid by giving a monetary donation.