Partnering For Fire Safety

In Fall 2014, the Red Cross took on a lofty new goal to reduce home fire death and injuries by 25% over the next five years. This would largely be done through fire safety education and free smoke alarm installations – one home, one neighborhood at a time.

We knew immediately that this couldn’t be accomplished on our own; the Home Fire Campaign would need the support of the entire community.

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FRCSW Detachment being honored at a Ventura County Home Fire Campaign event

That’s where the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) Detachment at Point Mugu came in. Partners like military installations, first responders, local churches and businesses are crucial to the success of the Home Fire Campaign. The sailors at the FRCSW Detachment have participated in multiple events, bringing a special level of energy and dedication to the program.

“We love having the Fleet Readiness Center participate in our events,” said Red Cross Preparedness Manager Sara Northrop, “They’re all so eager to help the community and teach local families the importance of fire safety.”

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“Volunteering with the American Red Cross and their Home Fire Campaign has been the most self-rewarding opportunity for me. It feels great to know that I am making a positive impact in the communities around me,” said AD1 Cody Brissey, “Seeing the smile we put on people’s faces when we tell them what we are doing in their community is a great feeling.”

IMG_3508“I’ve volunteered multiple times in this campaign,” said Casey Young of the FRCSW Detachment, “and each time my experiences have gotten better and better.”

We thank the FRCSW Detachment and all of the organizations and corporations who help to make the Home Fire Campaign a success! With your support, we’re able to save lives and build community throughout the region.

If you’re interested in participating in a Home Fire Campaign, either as an individual or with your organization, you’re in luck! The next event is happening in Santa Maria on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Click here to sign up today!

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Red Cross Helps Flooded Communities Across California and the Nation

Winter storms and El Niño conditions have certainly arrived, bringing with it dangerous flooding, blizzards, tornadoes, and mudslides. The stormy conditions have kept Red Cross volunteers busy across the nation as they work to provide safety and comfort to thousands of families.

Here on the west coast, teams have opened shelters in San Diego, Silverado Canyon, and Camarillo Springs, the site of the 2014 landslide that wiped out more than a dozen homes.

Further across the nation, hundreds more volunteers have been providing relief to residents affected by violent storms in Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois.

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Missouri resident Dianna Bush reflects on the support provided by Red Cross disaster relief workers

“Red Cross people are special,” said Missouri flood survivor Dianna Bush, “It’s a family. They’re so happy to hug you.” Dianna and her dog survived the Meramec River flooding and like some people she’s relying on the Red Cross for shelter and food.

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In just one month, since December 7, the Red Cross has served 86,000 meals and snacks, provided 1,900 overnight stays in emergency shelters, and distributed 56,000 relief items. In some areas, trained volunteer workers are also meeting one-on-one with people to help them plan their recovery.

Local Red Cross teams around the Central California Region are continuing to work with government partners to determine where help may be needed. Shelter supplies and volunteers are at the ready, for if and when local chapters are called into more action.

In the meantime, make sure your family is taking precautions to stay safe during these storms. Try not to travel when weather is bad, but if you must, make sure you have an emergency kit in your car with extra chargers, batteries, water, food, and emergency signalling tools like flares or reflective signs. Make sure to also have an emergency kit in your home with any necessities you need to survive for at least three days.

Visit redcross.org/elninopreparedness to learn more storm safety tips to keep your family safe this El Niño season.

Jessica Piffero
Regional Director of Communications