Red Cross seeks Volunteers to Respond to Local Emergencies

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Did you know that the Red Cross responds to more home fires than any other disaster? Red Cross volunteers help families with their immediate needs after a fire in their home and offer support during a very difficult time.

The American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties is recruiting new volunteers to help respond to local emergencies by supporting people in their time of greatest need. Each year, the Red Cross responds to more than 60,000 disasters a year in the United States, and the vast majority of these are home fires. Nationally, the Red Cross has already responded to more than 1,900 home fires since 2022 began, providing assistance to more than 6,500 people.

In the Southern California Region, trained Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) members have responded to 51 local disasters including 46 home fires so far this year, helping 202 people impacted by a fire in their home. In San Diego, volunteers have already responded to dozens of home fires.

Disaster Action Team volunteers help families with their immediate needs after a fire in their home and offer support during a very difficult time. DAT team members provide emotional support, access to financial assistance and information to help families begin to recover. DAT team members respond to emergencies to provide immediate compassion and care.

The Red Cross provides training for DAT members. For more information, visit redcross.org/volunteer/disaster-action-team.html

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