Red Cross Responds as Bomb Cyclone Impacts California

American Red Cross volunteer Judy Correnti-Graff of Murray, Kentucky carries a tote full of supplies.
Photo by Barbara Wood

This information was last updated on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 a.m. Please check back regularly for updates.

Californians have begun the monumental task of cleaning up after the recent weeks of severe weather, an undertaking that could take months to complete. The American Red Cross is helping them now and will also be there in the days and weeks to come, supporting people as they recover from the storms.

Since the New Year’s Eve, more than 700 American Red Cross disaster workers are helping people impacted by this stretch of back-to-back severe weather, providing them with a safe place to stay, food to eat, relief supplies, emotional support and comfort. The Red Cross and partners have provided more than 9,100 shelter stays in 82 shelters, more than 58,200 meals and snacks, and distributed more than 14,700 relief items such as comfort kits and other relief supplies.

This online story map offers a look at the ongoing response to the California floods; this map is updated as more information and stories from the ground are available.

Supply Distribution Sites: Wednesday, Jan. 25

The Red Cross is out in impacted areas distributing emergency supplies and clean-up kits to help residents recover.

  • Chabolla Community Center
    • 600 Chabolla Avenue, Galt, CA 95632. MAP
  • Santa Cruz County
    • Felton Branch Library: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
      • 6121 Gushee Street, Felton, CA 95018. MAP

We Need You!

  • While trained Red Cross volunteers and staff continue to manage the response efforts, we are looking for additional volunteers to help with disaster response and recovery activities, including feeding, supply distribution, clean-up kit building and more. Apply online to become a Red Cross volunteer by visiting tinyurl.com/ARC2023FloodsApplication if you are interested in helping with this response or responses like this in the future.

Statewide Red Cross, County and Partner Shelter Information by County:

Everyone is welcome at a Red Cross shelter. All Red Cross disaster assistance is free. Current list denotes open shelters managed and/or supported by the Red Cross, county or community partners.

  • Merced County
    • Merced County Fairgrounds – Yosemite Hall
      • 900 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Merced, CA 95341.MAP

Blood During Disasters

  • The Red Cross is working to maintain a stable blood supply amid the threat of storms and winter weather across the country, as severe weather often causes widespread blood drive cancellations. Where it is safe to do so, we encourage donors to make and keep blood donation appointments by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Help Those in Need

  • You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief.Donations for Disaster Relief enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation..

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