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The American Red Cross Mobilizes Earthquake Support PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 05:27

The American Red Cross is very proud of its response to the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the role it played in assisting those affected by this devastating incident.

Minutes after the quake, local Red Cross chapters began mobilizing to open emergency shelters. In total, 47 Red Cross shelters were opened to meet the needs of more than 22,000 displaced individuals.

Many of the shelters remained open for up to six weeks.

More than 14,000 American Red Cross volunteers contributed to the Northridge earthquake relief efforts.

The American Red Cross served more than 1.7 million meals to victims and emergency responders.

The Red Cross utilized 128 feeding trucks to serve the thousands of families that could not make it to one of the fixed feeding sites. Red Cross volunteers treated more than 1,100 people for injuries sustained in the quake.

Red Cross mental health volunteers also counseled more than 40,000 victims.

One week after the quake, the Red Cross opened 18 service centers to assist victims with recovery.

These centers offered victims the chance to sit down with a Red Cross case worker and map out a customized plan and access much needed resources.

Through the service centers, those affected could attain assistance with home repairs, medical bills, replace prescriptions and immediately needed household items, clothing, appliances, even occupational tools to help people get back to work.

Relief efforts for the quake cost the American Red Cross more than $38 million.

In an effort to create awareness of the importance of preparedness for this type of major disaster, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region launched a three year campaign called PrepareSoCal. PrepareSoCal launched here at City Hall March 2012, and will enable the Red Cross to create more resilient communities better equipped to help themselves prepare for and respond to life-threatening disasters.

One of the goals of this campaign is to grow the ability of the Red Cross to feed and shelter those displaced in a disaster. Additionally, the Red Cross is forging community partnerships and engaging more volunteers to respond quickly and assist those in need.

By reminding residents to get a kit, make a plan, and be informed, the Red Cross is preparing all of us to become our own first responders.

For more information about how you can prepare yourself and your family, please go to Terri Corigliano | Chief Communications Officer

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:35