American Red Cross Gold Country Region
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Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes,floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions. In the 24-county Gold Country Region, Red Cross volunteers responded to a local emergency every 8 hours. People count on the Red Cross to help them in their darkest hour. Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency needs caused by disaster. When disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and emotional health service to address basic human needs and assist individuals and families in resuming their normal daily activities independently.The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers like fire fighters and police, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, and helps residents access other available resources. If you've been displaced by a recent disaster in the United States or are looking for a loved one who has been recently displaced, Red Cross' Safe and Well listings are a good place to start. As part of our disaster services program, we also help the community to prepare for disaster and proactively install smoke alarms in our local at-risk neighborhoods.
Program Successes
Our 24-county Gold Country region is home to 4.4 million residents and spans 48,327 miles. We respond to a local disaster every 8 hours thanks to the determination of our dedicated volunteers. Over the last year, our region:
-Responded to over 500 local disasters.
-Provided 1,191 families with financial assistance after a local disaster.
-Included 2,147 dedicated volunteers.
-Installed 1,759 free smoke alarms.
- Saved 2 lives locally with the Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation program.
- Made 733 homes safer through educational visits and creating preparedness plans.
The Red Cross' commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans, and their families continues to grow more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways. When a military family experiences a crisis, the Red Cross is there to help. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the Red Cross relays urgent messages containing accurate, factual, complete and verified descriptions of the emergency to service members stationed anywhere in the world, including on ships at sea and at embassies and remote locations. The Red Cross also links military families to local resources and support services, and provides training that promotes resiliency and preparedness to help them cope with the challenges of military life.
Program Successes
The Gold Country Region relays thousands of emergency messages between military service members and their families each year. In addition to standard Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces (SAF), the Gold Country Region supports local military activities such as Yellow Ribbon events to welcome troops home, providing support to families of our soldiers who have passed on, and taking part in events supporting active duty soldiers, retired veterans, and their families. Gold Country Region volunteers regularly assemble care packages and greeting cards for deployed service members and military veterans at local VA hospitals and care facilities, and remain strongly connected to local military organizations/groups. Last year, the Red Cross Gold Country Region provided the following services:
• 5,000 emergency communication messages delivered to military members and their families.
• Over 2,100 cases for assistance for military members and their families 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
• Over 42 service members participated in reconnection workshops. Our goal is to grow this to 250 this year.

The emergency responder. The lifeguard at your local pool. A trusted babysitter. Each year, an average of more than 9 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies through American Red Cross training classes. Highly trained, certified volunteer instructors and training providers offer Red Cross courses on lifesaving skills including First Aid, AED and CPR training. The Red Cross even offers specialty training courses such as Lifeguard training, swimming courses, Wilderness First Aid, Babysitter training, canoeing safety and even Pet First Aid/CPR. Training is available to individuals, organizations, professional and lay emergency responders alike. Get engaged. Get certified. Get inspired - while learning an important new skill.
Program Successes
Over the last year, the Gold Country Region trained 40,071 individuals in preparedness, First Aid, CPR, and water safety classes, providing the tools and resources necessary to take action when an emergency takes place.