To date the American Red Cross San Diego and Imperial Counties chapter has deployed six disaster workers to Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas to help people devastated by the recent deadly tornadoes and floods. San Diego disaster workers are providing assistance in the following roles:

  • Facilities Supervisor
  • Community Response Programs Manager
  • Spiritual Care Services
  • Disaster Assessment Manager
  • Health Services
  • Local Volunteer Supervisor


Nearly 1,000 people spent Sunday night in one of the 61 Red Cross shelters open throughout the South; this includes more than 400 people in Alabama, one of the most severely hit states by last week’s deadly tornadoes.


Specifically in Alabama, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 90 emergency response vehicles to help with mobile feeding and handing out supplies. Kitchens are being set up in partnership with organizations like the Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Convention to prepare meals for distributing in the affected neighborhoods. The Red Cross is sending in more than 130,000 ready-to-eat meals and thousands of supplies like blankets, toiletries, gloves, rakes, tarps and shovels. Photos were recently released by national American Red Cross and can be found on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#%21/pages/American-Red-Cross-San-Diego-and-Imperial-Counties/149633775101889 and accessed at http://www.redcross.org/photos.


Friends and family outside the disaster area can visit the Safe and Well site to search for messages from their loved ones by using a pre-disaster phone number or complete address. There are several ways to register or look for messages from those affected by a disaster:

Disaster victims can also update their Facebook and Twitter status through the Safe and Well website.


The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster. Those who want to help people affected by disasters like wildfires, floods and tornadoes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. To make a donation, visit http://www.sdarc.org/, call (858) 309-1278 or mail contributions to the American Red Cross, 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123.


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

The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit http://www.sdarc.org/. Please also connect with us on http://www.facebook.com/#%21/pages/American-Red-Cross-San-Diego-and-Imperial-Counties/149633775101889 and http://www.youtube.com/sdicredcross.

American Red Cross volunteer Joni May provides a comfort kit to Retaiya Vaughe, 3. Vaughe’s family lost their home in the tornadoes that devastated Tuscaloosa. Red Cross Shelter at Belk Activity Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

American Red Cross volunteer Lisa Smith gives a blanket to Ceindra Bar 10, at the Red Cross Shelter at Belk Activity Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Bar’s family’s home was destroyed by the devastating tornadoes that left her community in ruins.

Zariah Beckham, 3, opens a comfort kit at the Red Cross Shelter at Belk Activity Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


Brittany Gotschall

Manager, Communications and Marketing



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