As disasters become more commonplace and complex, the need for relief grows ever greater. For the past month, Southern California has been hit with one wildfire after another.
Starting on Thursday, Oct. 10, the American Red Cross responded to several fires including the Saddleridge Fire in Los Angeles and the Sandalwood Fire in Calimesa, which together destroyed more than 80 homes. The Red Cross sprang into action providing meals, a safe place to stay for those seeking shelter, spiritual care, mental health support, casework services and cleanup kits.
Unfortunately, fires continued to spread as Northern California responded to the Kincaid Fire on Wednesday, Oct. 23, and then Southern California responded to the Tick Fire on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Now this week, two more fires, the Getty Fire and the Easy Fire, have also started pushing for more evacuation centers and shelters to be opened.
All have of this has resulted in Gov. Gavin Newsom declaring a statewide emergency.
How do we continue to respond to back-to-back emergencies while keeping our volunteers and staff going and our resources replenished? It is through your generous support that we are able to remain agile in our response to disasters and to prepare for the next major disaster.
The Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes – form the large-scale disaster such as earthquakes to small home fires. We are always here to lend a helping hand. You can be one of those helping hands by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.