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Red Cross supports Fleet Week Humanitarian Village

By Larry Dietz

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The Red Cross set up a station in “Humanitarian Assistance Village” at Fleet Week. Fleet Week is an important event for the Red Cross as it helps to fulfill our mission for community readiness and preparedness for disasters, to connect and support our armed forces, and increase access to lifesaving blood and blood products. (Photo by: Albert Becker, American Red Cross)

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San Francisco has always had a special relationship with the US Navy. One example of that is San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW), which began in 1981. The annual celebration of America’s sea services takes place over Italian Heritage Weekend in October on the Marina Green.

Through its core mission of Support to Armed Forces (SAF), the American Red Cross has been a consistent and strong supporter of Fleet Week. Along with the Armed Forces and other community organizations, the Red Cross volunteers provide a glimpse into many aspects of their work by exhibiting on the Marina Green during the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of SFFW.

In one area, three cots were set up to provide a glimpse of life in a shelter; the cots also served as a respite for people, especially mothers with small children, who needed a break.

Youth volunteers from a number of Bay Area High Schools also helped out by showing children and other passers-by how to perform hands-only CPR. They also gave out Red Cross preparedness literature and other material.

And disaster volunteers were on hand to address questions about Disaster Preparedness and to show off the latest in preparedness kits. Biomedical Services had a mobile facility where they were able to draw blood donations each day.

All of the Red Cross volunteers at the event’s Humanitarian Assistance Village were able to mingle with military service members and learn about their roles. In the process, they were rewarded with a front row seat to watch the world famous Blue Angels in action.

Join us next year!

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About the author: Larry Dietz is a Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army Reserve, as well as a dedicated Red Cross public affairs volunteer in the Silicon Valley Chapter.

Consider helping with ‘Missing Maps’ project

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These maps have already helped save lives following disasters in Nepal, Haiti, Ecuador, West Africa, and Madagascar.

Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally ‘missing’ from any map, and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. “Missing Maps” is a collaborative project in which organizations, companies, and individuals are helping to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the local needs.

The American Red Cross is a key partner in this effort.

In our Red Cross region, a team is being assembled under the auspices of our Corporate Engagement team. Volunteers are needed to take part in this effort, which includes engagement in activities like “Mapathons.”

Mapathons are easy and quick. In one to two hours, we help people to map vulnerable communities around the world. Teams gather in a shared space with computers and a trained internal champion leads the effort. Here’s how it works:

  • On a special website, your members see satellite images of remote places.
  • With a mouse, they trace the roads and add details like buildings.
  • Their work is sent to volunteers with knowledge of the local area, who add details like street names and evacuation centers.
  • These new maps are available to everyone online and are heavily used by organizations like the Red Cross to prepare communities and help save lives.

If you are interested in volunteering for this important activity, please email John Chung, a Red Cross volunteer in our region who will be coordinating this training.

For more information about this effort, please visit the Missing Maps web site and/or view this video.

Red Cross celebrates its San Francisco volunteers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 29, 2018) — The American Red Cross of the Bay Area honored 18 individual volunteers, a youth club board, and a partner association at its recent Recognition Dinner for San Francisco volunteers. The annual event was held at GAP Headquarters in the city.

At the dinner, George de Bruin of San Francisco received the San Francisco Volunteer of the Year Award. The evening’s other top honor, the Clara Barton Award, named after the founder of the Red Cross, was given to Donna Logan of San Francisco.

George de Bruin is engaged in eight different Red Cross activities, including service as a Casework Coordinator, said Pamela Baze, a Volunteer and Youth Services Manager for the Red Cross in San Francisco. “He has garnered the trust and support of the San Francisco Disaster Recovery volunteer workforce and has effectively managed, motivated, mentored, and engaged the Recovery Team,” Baze said. “He exemplifies the very best qualities of a Red Cross volunteer.

Baze said Donna Logan is very deserving of the Clara Barton Award, which recognizes volunteer service in a series of leadership positions held over a number of years. Logan is a longtime Community Engagement Coordinator, leads the team responding to local disasters, is a Client Casework Supervisor, and supports community events. “Donna also serves as a liaison to our government and community partners, while also providing guidance to Red Cross volunteers and teams,” Baze said.

Trevor Riggen, CEO for the Bay Area Chapter and the entire Northern California Coastal Region, served as emcee for the event. In that capacity, he was on hand to congratulate de Bruin, Logan, and the evening’s other award recipients, all of whom reside in San Francisco:

  • Disaster Cycle Services Award – Outstanding Support: A.J. Cook
  • Disaster Cycle Services Award – Exceptional Response: Barry Gruber
  • Disaster Cycle Services Award – Exceptional Leadership: Amanda Wade
  • Disaster Cycle Services Award – Extraordinary Commitment and Dedication: Ned Burgess
  • Health and Safety Services Award: Yvonne Du, youth volunteer
  • Biomedical Services Volunteer of the Year Award: Gail de Martis
  • Administration and Support Award: Taz Reza
  • New Volunteer Award: Naimiti Vora
  • The Youth Services Award: Shannon Zhong and Stephanie Wong
  • Community Engagement Award: Bill Jeong
  • Teamwork Award: San Francisco/San Mateo County Youth Executive Board
  • Collaboration Award: Samantha Proteau, Jing Wen, and Sarah Ngo, adult volunteers serving as youth coordinators; and Kim Stevens, for her work on a Taproot grant
  • Volunteer Supervisor Award: Paul Hamilton
  • Good Neighbor and Partnership Award: Fleet Week Association (accepted by Lewis Loeven)

Baze said the annual event, which honors key volunteers, also gives the Red Cross an important opportunity to acknowledge all of its 676 San Francisco volunteers. In fact, many volunteers were honored at the event in acknowledgement of the large number of hours they devoted to Red Cross activities during the 2017 calendar year.

“Our volunteers are the core of the Red Cross mission to help prevent and alleviate suffering in our communities,” Baze said.

Photos from the dinner can be found on the Bay Area Chapter’s Flickr site at: flic.kr/s/aHsmmjtcbj.

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Become a Red Cross Volunteer: You can make a difference in San Francisco by becoming a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Volunteers constitute about 94 percent of the total Red Cross workforce to carry out our humanitarian work. Red Cross volunteers are trained to meet the needs of those affected by disasters, providing food, shelter, and comfort for families affected by major disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes as well as helping local residents prepare for and recover from emergencies of all kinds. We’ll find the position that appeals to you and allows you to use your skills and talents. Email arcbav@redcross.org to get started.

About the American Red Cross of the Bay Area: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please call 415-427-8000 or visit redcross.org/bayarea to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Red Cross celebrates its San Mateo County volunteers

BURLINGAME, CA (August 29, 2018) — The American Red Cross of the Bay Area honored 14 individual volunteers, a youth club, and a community partner at its recent Recognition Lunch for San Mateo County volunteers. The annual event was held at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton.

At the lunch, Jim Holley of Half Moon Bay received the San Mateo County Volunteer of the Year Award. The afternoon’s other top honor, the Clara Barton Award, named after the founder of the Red Cross, was given to Keith Hoffman of Redwood City.

Jim Holley has served faithfully on the Red Cross team that responds to local disasters and has provided bilingual support to Red Cross casework in San Mateo County, said Pamela Baze, a Volunteer and Youth Services Manager for the Red Cross in the county. “But the largest impact of what Jim does may not be seen by many,” Baze added, “and that’s building positive and productive relationships with local government officials and agencies.”

Baze said Keith Hoffman is very deserving of the Clara Barton Award, which recognizes volunteer service in a series of leadership positions held over a number of years. Keith recently became the Red Cross’ Disaster Chair for San Mateo County, while continuing in his role of Logistics Administrator and helping to manage the local sheltering program. “Keith has also made himself available to help with the Sound the Alarm program,” Baze added. “He is well respected by all for his integrity, great attitude, and ability to make everyone feel part of the team.”

Trevor Riggen, CEO for the Bay Area Chapter and the entire Northern California Coastal Region, was on hand at the event to congratulate Holley, Hoffman, and the afternoon’s other award recipients:

  • Disaster Cycle Services Award – Outstanding Support: Eric Leong (San Mateo)
  • Disaster Cycle Services Award – Exceptional Leadership: Laura Hovden (Woodside)
  • Disaster Cycle Services Award – Extraordinary Commitment and Dedication: Joe McAndrew and Linda Frattaroli (recently relocated to Atlanta, GA)
  • Biomedical Services Volunteer of the Year Award: Donna Gordon (Half Moon Bay)
  • Administration and Support Award: Prudence Bothen (Pacifica)
  • New Volunteer Award: Ann Kutchins (San Mateo) and Tonya Katches (San Bruno
  • The Youth Services Award: Lance Kyi (Daly City)
  • Community Engagement Award: Mark Zuckerman (Burlingame
  • Teamwork Award: SM YES Club (youth club) from (San Mateo County)
  • Collaboration Award: LouAnne Williams (South San Francisco
  • Volunteer Supervisor Award: Allison Biddinger (San Francisco)
  • Good Neighbor and Partnership Award: Ken Anderson (South San Francisco Fire Department and chair of the San Mateo County Emergency Managers Association Mass Care Working Group)

Baze said the annual event, which honors key volunteers, also gives the Red Cross an important opportunity to acknowledge all of its 507 San Mateo County volunteers. In fact, many volunteers were honored at the event in acknowledgement of the large number of hours they devoted to Red Cross activities during the 2017 calendar year.

“Our volunteers are the core of the Red Cross mission to help prevent and alleviate suffering in our communities,” Baze said.

The event was emceed by Kristen Sze, a news anchor for KGO-TV in San Francico. Photos from the lunch can be found on the Bay Area Chapter’s Flickr site at: flic.kr/s/aHsmkcDcFY.

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Become a Red Cross Volunteer: You can make a difference in San Mateo County by becoming a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Volunteers constitute about 94 percent of the total Red Cross workforce to carry out our humanitarian work. Red Cross volunteers are trained to meet the needs of those affected by disasters, providing food, shelter, and comfort for families affected by major disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes as well as helping local residents prepare for and recover from emergencies of all kinds. We’ll find the position that appeals to you and allows you to use your skills and talents. Email arcbav@redcross.org to get started.

About the American Red Cross of the Bay Area: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please call 415-427-8000 or visit redcross.org/bayarea to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Central Coast team helps Watsonville residents through ‘Sound the Alarm’ event

sta_08-2018In an effort to make our neighbors safer, volunteers from our Central Coast Chapter joined forces with our partners this past weekend to install 121 free smoke alarms in homes in the city of Watsonville. In all, our Sound the Alarm – Save a Life activity helped make 58 adults and children safer through the installations and accompanying safety education.

A special thanks go out to our approximately 40 Red Cross volunteers and our partners — Amazon Books, Wells Fargo Bank, Seaside High School, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, and Watsonville Fire Department — who made the day possible.

As I had a chance to visit with some of our volunteers that day I realized that some of them had just returned from deployment from the recent Northern California fires, where some had been on assignment for up to 2 weeks.

What struck me was the willingness of these devoted Red Cross team members to return home and jump back out there to ensure that members of our community had what they would need to potentially save lives if they were ever in a fire situation in their own home.

I feel truly honored to get to work alongside such dedicated and caring people.

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About the author: Michele Averill is the CEO of the American Red Cross of the Central Coast.

See additional photos of this event.

Red Cross to install free smoke alarms, provide fire-prevention information to homes in Watsonville on August 25

CARMEL, CA (August 16, 2018) — On average, home fires kill 7 people and injure another 36 — every single day in the United States. That’s why the American Red Cross launched its nationwide Home Fire Campaign in 2014 with the goal of reducing the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.

A key component of the campaign is a series of “Sound the Alarm – Save a Life” events in which Red Cross volunteers, working with local fire departments and other partners, visit high-risk neighborhoods to offer to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, and help families create escape plans. It is believed that the “Sound the Alarm” neighborhood visits have already saved more than 450 lives throughout the United States since the Home Fire Campaign began.

On Saturday, August 25, a Sound the Alarm event will take place in the city of Watsonville. That day, the American Red Cross of the Central Coast will be installing free smoke alarms and providing in-home fire preparedness education and earthquake preparedness education as part of a number of home visits in the city.

Trained Red Cross volunteers will conduct the home visits that day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. During the home visits on August 25, Red Cross volunteers will be working alongside Watsonville Fire Department, local Boy Scouts of America, Wells Fargo employees, and Watsonville Fire Cadets.

In an earlier “Sound the Alarm” event in Watsonville, volunteers visited homes on June 24, 2017. On that day, more than 55 volunteers visited 150 homes and installed 220 alarms. The Red Cross’ partners that day were the Watsonville Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, Watsonville Police and Fire Cadets, Wells Fargo employees, Seaside High School, and Capital Insurance Group employees.

For information about the home visits in Watsonville on August 25 — or to sign up to volunteer that day — please contact the local chapter’s Disaster Program Specialist, Helen Cosentino, by sending her email at: helen.cosentino2@redcross.org.

In addition to the Sound the Alarm event, the American Red Cross of the Central Coast is also offering the installation of free smoke alarms and educational visits on an appointment basis throughout Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. If you would like free smoke alarms installed in your home, please use one of the following options to schedule an appointment:

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About American Red Cross of the Central Coast: With offices in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties, the American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit our web site at redcross.org/centralcoast or call us at 831-624-6921. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Thank you to Our Partners

As communities across Lake County transition from response to recovery for the Mendocino Complex Fire, the American Red Cross would like to share its gratitude to all our partners that have worked so hard to care for the thousands of people impacted by this disaster over the past two weeks.

partners aug9Thank you to all first responders, law enforcement, and fire departments. Truly heroic efforts! Sheriff Martin and officers kept us safe and informed during evacuations, while firefighters continue to battle this fire.

Thank you to the schools, administrators, and their amazing staff at Lower Lake High School, Middletown High School and Middle School, Kelseyville High School and Elementary School, Mount Vista Middle School, and Mendocino Community College. All sacrificed so much and showed up every day (and night!) to open their doors and care for their neighbors.

Thank you to social service agencies, including Lake County Social Services for working so hard in the shelters every day, in addition to Health and Behavioral Health, Medical Reserve Corps, and World Healing Hands for their work around the community

Thank you to local businesses like Twin Pine Casino, for sheltering community members during evacuations and being one of the first shelters to open and the last close, ensuring people had a safe place to stay.

Thank you to food providers for their culinary skills by keeping our community well feed with hot meals every day. From chefs Tommy Mingori and Guy Fieri to the crews at World Central Kitchen, Salvation Army, volunteers at Lower Lake High School, and local business and restaurants for stepping up to provide food and serve.

Thank you to community agencies and churches for the use of their facilities for disaster relief efforts – staff shelters, operations centers, and warehouses.

Thank you to community leaders and local officials that helped ensure information and resources were available and appropriate for our communities.

And many thanks to 300+ Red Cross Volunteers, especially our local folks, some of whom were evacuated, yet remained on the job to help their neighbors. Many of these local volunteers lived through nine major disaster relief operations over the last three years, and remain resilient. There are also hundreds of volunteers who traveled a far distance to help here in Lake County. My heart is full from witnessing their selflessness.

As we know from past disasters, there is still much work to be done. Residents can seek recovery assistance this week at the Alpine Senior Center in Lucerne from a multitude of agencies armed with the resources to help people get back on their feet.

Thank you again and let’s continue to stand strong together!

Jeff Baumgartner
Executive Director
American Red Cross California Northwest Chapter

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