Disaster Alert: Wildfires in California

August 2, 2012

Disaster Alert

California– Two wild land fires in Shasta and Plumas Counties threatened about 100 structures and prompted the evacuation of some residents yesterday.

The ARC of Northeastern California opened 2 shelters for the affected residents.

A wildfire in Riverside affected 1 home, threatened 12 others and prompted a voluntary evacuation within the vicinity yesterday.

The Riverside County Chapter is in process of opening a shelter and provided hydration to first responders. Meals will be provided if required. The chapter is in contact with the County Office of Emergency Management and a liaison is at the incident command post.


Disaster Alert: Civil Disturbance in California

July 27, 2012

Disaster Alert

California– Standoff between law enforcement and a suspect led to people being evacuated from their homes.

The ARC of Los Angeles Chapter responded by staff a shelter and provided Mass Care for the evacuated residents.


Disaster Alert: Wildfire in California

July 17, 2012

Disaster Alert

California– A wildfire burned hundreds of acres, threatened scores of homes and prompted evacuations in San Luis Obispo County on Monday.

The San Luis Obispo County Chapter deployed Team members, opened a shelter and provided assistance to evacuees as needed.


Disaster Alert: Floods in Texas

July 13, 2012

Disaster Alert

Texas – Excessive rainfall caused various levels of flooding that affected residents in Montgomery, Waller and Harris Counties on Thursday.

The Greater Houston Area Chapter communicated with local Emergency Management and placed human as well as material resources on stand-by to provide assistance, if needed.


Disaster Alert: Wildfire in California

July 12, 2012

Disaster Alert

California – A wildfire burned about 200 acres in Placer County prompting the evacuation of residents in the affected area yesterday.

The Capital Region Chapter opened a shelter for the displaced residents.


Disaster Alert: Wildfire in California

July 10, 2012

Disaster Alert

California – A wildfire in Colusa County burned hundreds of acres and prompted the evacuation of residents within the affected area on Monday.

The ARC of Northeast California Chapter deployed Team members, opened a shelter, placed another on stand-by and provided assistance as needed to affected-area residents.


Disaster Update: Storms in California

December 22, 2010

Disaster Update

California – The American Red Cross is on the scene and ready to assist families in Los Angeles County including residents of the La Cañada Flintridge-La Crescenta communities. The Red Cross is opening a shelter at:

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
2411 Montrose Ave
Montrose, CA 91020

“We are prepared to work with our community partners and open more shelters if needed,” said Rich Baenen, emergency services director for the San Gabriel Pomona Valley chapter of the American Red Cross. “We will be providing meals, personal toiletries and comfort. Our workers will be on hand to help individuals and families affected by these storms and meet their immediate disaster needs.”

The Red Cross recommends that as residents prepare to evacuate, they should bring important papers, medications, and some food for themselves and their pets.

California Storms - Winter 2010


Disaster Alert: Flooding in California

December 21, 2010

Disaster Alert

California – Heavy rainfall caused flooding in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties that closed roads and prompted the evacuation of residents within the affected area on Sunday.

The San Luis Obispo County Chapter deployed a Disaster Action Team, placed a liaison on stand-by, opened a shelter and partnered with a local vendor to provide Mass Care to affected-area residents.

Disaster Action Team members from the Santa Barbara County Chapter opened a shelter, dispatched a shelter trailer and provided Mass Care to shelter residents.

The Santa Barbara County and Ventura County Chapters are on Mutual Aid alert for the San Luis Obispo County Chapter.


Disaster Update: San Bruno Explosion

September 15, 2010

Disaster Update

On September 9, a main gas line ruptured and exploded igniting a San Bruno neighborhood, displacing hundreds of residents and causing several injuries and deaths.

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has been assisting the affected residents, providing shelter, food and drinks, crisis counseling and additional assistance to help with their recovery. Over the past few days, the Red Cross has been supporting the families as they return to their homes and helping them to determine their long-term recovery needs. The Red Cross has also been providing crisis counseling and emotional support to all residents, especially those whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

As of September 14, the Red Cross has met with and registered more than 200 families in the local area assistance center. These families are receiving help from the Red Cross to find alternative housing, replace lost items and create long-term recovery plans.

The Red Cross will be dispatching outreach teams consisting of client caseworkers, disaster health workers and disaster mental health workers to meet with and register the remaining affected families on Wednesday. The purpose of these outreach teams will be to determine their needs and provide them with assistance in their recovery.

On Wednesday, the local area assistance center at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. No further services will be provided at the location.

On Thursday, the Red Cross will open a service center along with key partners in the new San Bruno Recovery Center, located at 900 Cherry Avenue, Suite 300, San Bruno. The San Bruno Recovery Center will serve as the long-term location for assistance and services for all affected residents of the San Bruno Fire.

The generosity of the Bay Area community and our partners has been overwhelming; as a result the Red Cross has been able to meet the immediate needs of those affected by the San Bruno fire. We are not longer accepting donations designated to San Bruno Fire relief and are now turning our attention towards supporting the affected residents, along with our partners, on their long-term recovery. The reason the Red Cross was able to respond within minutes of the San Bruno Fire igniting is because our community supports us on an ongoing basis through their donations of time and money. We encourage people to continue their support of our local disaster relief efforts by becoming a volunteer or providing a financial donation at http://www.redcrossbayarea.org.


Disaster Update: San Bruno Fire

September 13, 2010

Disaster Update

San Bruno, CA -
On September 9, a main gas line ruptured and exploded igniting a San Bruno neighborhood, displacing hundreds of residents and causing several injuries and deaths.

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has been assisting the affected residents, providing shelter, food and drinks, crisis counseling and additional assistance to help with their recovery.

Today, the Red Cross continues to support the families who returned to their homes on Sunday. Red Cross emergency response vehicles are driving through affected neighborhoods throughout the day to distribute snacks, drinks and cleaning supplies. Cleaning supplies include shovels, rakes, buckets, bleach and mops.

Individuals whose homes were damaged or destroyed are being escorted back into the area today. Buses will be taking them to view the neighborhood, and Red Cross disaster mental health workers will accompany them to provide the emotional support they will need.

Red Cross caseworkers are continuing to work with all affected families at the local area assistance center to determine their needs and provide additional assistance to help with their recovery. Red Cross caseworkers are reporting more instances of post traumatic stress among affected residents, making Red Cross disaster mental health services all the more crucial at this time. The local area assistance center is located at Veterans Memorial Recreation Center, located at 251 City Park Way in San Bruno, and will be operating from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. today.

More than 100 volunteers are responding to the incident from throughout the region with additional resources on standby throughout the state. The chapter call center in the Oakland office remains open today to handle the high volume of calls from the public offering assistance and donations.

The media has been erroneously reporting that the Red Cross is accepting donations of goods. Please note, that all individual donations of goods may dropped off at Bay Area Salvation Army and Goodwill stores (see talking points below for specific locations).


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