American Red Cross Responds to Northern California Wildfires

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View of the King Fire in El Dorado County from the Red Cross evacuation shelter.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – Wildfire season is in full swing and the American Red Cross Capital Region is hard at work supporting communities affected by continuing, drought-fueled blazes throughout our 24-county territory.

American Red Cross Capital Region volunteers are hard at work assisting residents impacted by two large wildfires – the Boles Fire in the City of Weed (Siskiyou County) and the King Fire (El Dorado County). Since Sunday, the Red Cross has operated three shelters, providing overnight stays for more than 200 residents and serving hundreds of meals to the affected communities. Continue reading American Red Cross Responds to Northern California Wildfires

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Saving the Day with Placer County Disaster Action Team

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Placer DAT volunteers Bob Eger (L), Fran Kehoe, and Heath Wakelee

Written by Heath Wakelee, Red Cross Volunteer and Placer DAT Lead

Yesterday morning at 6:10 AM, my phone rang. I’d just finished a big breakfast in preparation for a hike that was now not going to happen. It was [Red Cross volunteer] Bob Eger asking if I could respond to a fire in Auburn with nine adults needing assistance. Continue reading Saving the Day with Placer County Disaster Action Team

Children’s Art Graces Yreka Shelter

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Sequoia (L) and Twyla work to add to their art gallery at the Siskiyou County shelter.

Written By Caroline Nilsson, Red Cross Volunteer

Sequoia, aged six, and Twyla, aged nine, had never heard of the American Red Cross. But when heavy smoke from the Happy Camp Fire Complex descended upon their rural Northern California home in Siskiyou County, the became fast friends of the Red Cross at an evacuation  shelter in Yreka. Continue reading Children’s Art Graces Yreka Shelter

American Red Cross Urges Preparedness in Wake of Napa Earthquake

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In the early morning of August 24, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake rattled through Napa County and surrounding areas, causing injuries, damaging homes, business and utilities, and delivering a jarring wake-up call to Californians reminding of our earthquake risks. Continue reading American Red Cross Urges Preparedness in Wake of Napa Earthquake

American Red Cross Opens Two Evacuation Centers Following Napa Quake

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American Red Cross evacuation centers are now open in Napa and Vallejo for anyone affected by Sunday’s early morning 6.1 magnitude earthquake near American Canyon, California. Continue reading American Red Cross Opens Two Evacuation Centers Following Napa Quake

Throwback Thursday – “Volunteers”

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While recently digging through the archives at the offices of our Northeastern California Chapter (formerly known, as indicated in the following text, as the “Three Rivers Chapter”), we came across a lovely poem written 10 years ago by a young volunteer by the name of Danielle E. Terry. Continue reading Throwback Thursday – “Volunteers”

American Red Cross of Northeastern California CEO, Martha Griese, Retiring Following 10 Years of Dedicated Service

Red Cross of Northeastern California CEO, Martha Griese. Photo by Appeal Democrat
Red Cross of Northeastern California CEO, Martha Griese. Photo by Appeal Democrat

It was December of 1955 when torrential rains caused rivers to overflow and levees to break throughout Northern California. The resulting floods left many homes destroyed and families looking for help.

Among those to lose their home in the disaster was elementary school student, Martha Griese. For Martha and her family, as with all who had lost their homes, the impact was devastating. But Martha soon found comfort and hope in the form of the many Red Cross volunteers responding to provide disaster relief. Continue reading American Red Cross of Northeastern California CEO, Martha Griese, Retiring Following 10 Years of Dedicated Service