Santa Barbara Volunteer Becomes ‘Part of the Solution’

Updated January 28, 2018 Gayle Labrana, a teacher and former Peace Corps volunteer, felt inspired to lend a hand after recent fires and an unprecedented mudslide devastated her hometown. After her daughter was evacuated from her home during the Thomas Fire in early December, Gayle sought a way to give back to the community. She … Continue reading Santa Barbara Volunteer Becomes ‘Part of the Solution’

American Red Cross continues to serve residents affected by Montecito Mudslide

Updated January 29, 2018 The Red Cross is continuing to provide supplies at multiple sites through the day with updated times, 9am-3pm daily. Distribution points include 1) US Post Office, 2245 Lillie Ave., Summerland, CA 93067 and 2) Montecito Fire Station #2, 2300 Sycamore Canyon Rd., Montecito, CA 93108.   Updated January 27, 2018 If … Continue reading American Red Cross continues to serve residents affected by Montecito Mudslide

Local Resident Explores “What Now?” After Devastating Mudslide

As Jeff Harms speaks about his home renovations, his face lights up. “It was an ugly peach color,” he laughs. “People would ask me about it.” Jeff has spent the last few years making his charming two-bedroom house a home with his husband, Joel, and cat, Jackson. As a local landscape architect, Jeff has an … Continue reading Local Resident Explores “What Now?” After Devastating Mudslide

Bringing Normalcy and Stability in Times of Chaos

Mary Hartberg is one of many answering the call to get involved after a string of disasters has left her community reeling. Her goal in doing so is to demonstrate the gratitude she has for coming through wildfires and the mudslide unharmed and to “bring normalcy and stability in times of chaos” The January 9 … Continue reading Bringing Normalcy and Stability in Times of Chaos

“You Won’t Find a Bigger Fan of the Red Cross Than Me.”

Hannah Troy of Montecito has stayed in two Red Cross shelters during two separate natural disasters that struck over a five-week period. She was evacuated twice during the Thomas Fire, the largest in California’s history. During her first mandatory evacuation she spent two days at the Red Cross shelter on the University of California, Santa … Continue reading “You Won’t Find a Bigger Fan of the Red Cross Than Me.”

1/18/18: American Red Cross Update

RED CROSS TRANSITIONS SHELTER RESIDENTS TO RECOVERY PLANS Santa Barbara, Calif., January 18, 2017 — In partnership with local relief organizations and government agencies, the American Red Cross of the Pacific Coast transitioned the San Marcos High School shelter to standby at 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Red Cross caseworkers met with each shelter resident to … Continue reading 1/18/18: American Red Cross Update

Personal Loss Leads to Service for Others

“My heart aches to see my community suffering after such a devastating tragedy.” When the call went out for American Red Cross volunteers to help, Cullen Dorais quickly stepped up, just like he has done in the past 11 years. But this time the call was very different, since the call for help was for … Continue reading Personal Loss Leads to Service for Others

Wildfire Burn Areas Bring Threat of Landslides

Recent wildfires may be contained, but the threat of new natural disasters linger in impacted communities. Wildfire burn scars are more vulnerable to landslides, meaning that many neighborhoods recently evacuated due to fires are once again seeing their homes threatened. With rainfall impacting most of our Central California Region next week, the Red Cross is … Continue reading Wildfire Burn Areas Bring Threat of Landslides