THE AMERICAN RED CROSS RESPONDS TO FOUR DISASTERS IN ONE DAY

San Diego County, January 20, 2010 – The American Red Cross is hard at work locally and responded to four residential disasters on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.  The incidents were located in the Alpine, Chula Vista, Lakeside and Logan Heights areas of San Diego County.

At 11:30am, a team provided emergency assistance to one adult in Alpine whose single-family home caught fire, supplying that person with lodging for two nights, food and groceries.

A Red Cross team responded at  2:10pm to a mobile home fire in Chula Vista, which destroyed a home affecting three families.  Lodging for two nights, food, groceries, clothing and shoes was supplied to the clients.

In the Lakeside area, 3 mobile homes were destroyed by a large tree when it fell onto them due to high winds and stormy conditions.  A Red Cross team responded at 3:37pm and provided emergency assistance consisting of food, groceries, clothing, and lodging for two nights for one client.

Finally, at 5:30pm on Wednesday, the South response team reported to an apartment in Logan Heights flooded by the storm, which caused major damage displacing a two families; seven adults and one child.  The Red Cross provided emergency assistance with lodging for one night, food and groceries, shoes, storage bins, trash bags, comfort kits, a teddy bear and referrals to other service organizations.

Volunteers from the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross are on call 24 hours a day and are trained in various aspects of disaster response, including casework interviews, damage assessment, shelter, feeding, health services, and crisis counseling. This chapter responds to a disaster nearly every 24 hours.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties “America’s Most Prepared Community.” As a charitable organization and not a government agency, the Red Cross depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The local chapter also provides nutritional counseling through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information, please call (858) 309-1200 or visit www.sdarc.org.

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