Red Cross Stands with Residents Devastated by 2020 Wildfire Season

Last year’s wildfire season was a traumatic one for families and communities in Oregon, California and other states across the western U.S. In Oregon, some of the most destructive wildfires in state history destroyed thousands of homes, while multiple California blazes consumed over 4.1 million acres. In response, the American Red Cross was there with … Continue reading Red Cross Stands with Residents Devastated by 2020 Wildfire Season

7 Remarkable Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Clara Barton

compiled by Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer Celebrate both Red Cross Month and Women’s History Month with these notable tales from the extraordinary life of Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross and one of the most honored women in American history. Clara Barton earned the moniker "Angel of the Battlefield" during the … Continue reading 7 Remarkable Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Clara Barton

Why I Serve – Ruth Townsend, Case Manager

as told to Gail Marshall, Public Affairs Volunteer It was during April of 2020, with the pandemic in its second month, when I began to grow impatient with my new normal. I’m an active sports lover and world traveler, but ski season was over and borders were closing worldwide. My gym was closed, my card … Continue reading Why I Serve – Ruth Townsend, Case Manager

Answering the Call: A Journey of Recovery After a Home Fire

By Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer A text from the Fire Communications Center woke Paul Brown, a volunteer with the Pacific Coast chapter, just after midnight. He was on the road a few minutes later, responding with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) to assist the survivors of a home fire. Each year, the … Continue reading Answering the Call: A Journey of Recovery After a Home Fire

Returning Home After a Wildfire

If your home was affected by a wildfire, do not return home until authorities say it is safe. Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, ash pits and fallen power lines. Then take these first steps to inspect your home to ensure that you and your loved ones … Continue reading Returning Home After a Wildfire

Red Cross Help “A Blessing”

by Winnie Romeril, Red Cross Public Affairs As the Creek Fire swept through the Sierra Nevada foothills, many Mono tribal members, like Thomas Riley, were forced from their homes into the arms of the Red Cross. “We know so many families who have lost their homes and everything they had. Our community was hit hard,” … Continue reading Red Cross Help “A Blessing”

Her Heart for Animals Helps Pets and Their Owners

by Winnie Romeril, Red Cross Public Affairs “The best part is helping the pet owners. Being able to care for their animals relieves their stress so much,” explains Betty Wong, who has volunteered with the Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) since its inception in 2013. “The animals feel their owners’ stress, and we can … Continue reading Her Heart for Animals Helps Pets and Their Owners

Evacuated Red Cross Volunteer Reaches Out to Help Others

by Cindy Huge, American Red Cross Public Affairs Volunteer “The time I spent training with the American Red Cross made me aware that wildfires and other disasters could be real events, and that one day I would be asked to respond to them,” reflects Red Cross housing supervisor Kathy Boswell on joining the organization three … Continue reading Evacuated Red Cross Volunteer Reaches Out to Help Others

Recipe for Compassion

A favorite recipe from one of the "crazy" cookbook lady’s 800 books. She received help from the Red Cross when evacuated from the Sequoia Complex Fire. A self proclaimed “crazy cookbook lady” who preferred not to be named, returned to the Red Cross Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) at the Porterville College parking lot in the … Continue reading Recipe for Compassion