Posted by: arcnec | June 14, 2011

Real Heroes Redding

Do YOU know a Real Hero in Redding?

Each year, members of the community nominate real people who have performed extraordinary achievements in the course of their everyday lives, acting as American Red Cross Real Heroes. Nominate a Real Hero today! All the details are posted on our website at http://www.arcnec.org/.

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Posted by: charlesmccaul | May 19, 2011

Recent Red Cross Disaster Response

Since 31 March the American Red Cross has organized 25 disaster relief operations in 20 states.  1.7 million meals and snacks were served; more than 200 shelters have been opened with more than 17,000 overnight stays.  One million personal relief supplies have been distributed to disaster victims; there has been 40,000 health services and mental health services contacts and 8,700 Red Cross volunteers and staff have been deployed from all fifty states.

Posted by: charlesmccaul | April 11, 2011

Tehama County Project Homeless Connect

Thanks to Wini Peterson and Chad Coates we were able to give out 200 First Aid Kits and around 30 Hygiene Kits to Tehama County persons who are either homeless or have very low incomes. Our Red Cross team, Tehama and Glenn County, was well received by both the homeless and by other professionals who were giving their time and energy to make this day a success.

Ron Coates and Wini were able to get the 200 first aid kits as a donation from Owens Pharmacy. I supplied individual dose packets of Neosporin to add to the kits. We gave Hygiene kits to families with children as each kit had items to be used by 4 people.

Tehama County Project Homeless Connect was a very inspiring event to take part in. There were so many services offered at no cost to individuals who were in true need of help. Just to mention a few beyond food, were hair cuts, hot showers, clothing, DMV Services, medical, dental and eye exams. There was even a Vet giving immunizations to dogs that came with their owners.

I found out that Red Bluff Churches partner with other agencies to provide ongoing shelters for different populations of homeless individuals. There are houses also that are used for men only, women only and for mothers with small children. There is a house in Glenn County that I had never heard about until attending this event.

I always enjoy networking with other agencies. I was offered a School Board position for Tehama County Head Start. I was offered a Landscape job in Red Bluff. I was asked if Red Cross can set up a table at the Veteran’s gathering in October. Well’ with all my spare time I should take on two or three of these activities. Actually Shasta and Tehama Counties can represent us in many events in the future.

Just taking part in the Tehama County Project Homeless Connect was a Heart Warming experience. It brought home the reasons for doing volunteer work for Red Cross. If any of you want to do this next year please let me know. I will put you in contact with the organizers of this truly inspiring event. I was contacted by Gail Locke .

Bob Coombs – Willows DAT Coordinator

Posted by: charlesmccaul | March 11, 2011

Red Cross Response to Japan Disaster: Frequently Asked Questions

March 11, 2011

2:15 PM

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Threat:  FAQ

People will be calling us today, throughout the weekend and throughout the coming week primarily asking three questions:

1.     How can I give?

2.     How can I help?

3.     How can I contact my friend or relative?

Below are answers to frequently asked questions:

How can I give to the disaster victims?

  • The American Red Cross, as a matter of practice, automatically sends a sum of money to any disaster in the world.
  • Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
  • If you want to give to our local Disaster Relief Fund you may do so by sending a check to one of our branch offices.

How can I help?

  • The Red Cross and other disaster response organizations, as well as County, State, National and International entities works with the principle of Mutual Aid:

–         One nation doesn’t respond to a disaster in another nation unless they are requested to do so.  At this time Japan, being very well equipped to respond to their own disasters, has not requested assistance from the American Red Cross

–         If assistance is needed, Japan and the Japanese Red Cross will make a request through the International Society of the Red Cross/Red Crescent.  The ICRC will coordinate a disaster response from various nations, usually starting from nearby nations and going further out as the need demands.  Keep in mind, the best people to respond are those who know the local language and culture.

–         If the American Red Cross is requested to send human or material resources to Japan the first to be called is the highly trained International Response Team.  After that trained, Red Cross staff and volunteers will be called.  It’s unlikely that non-Red Cross spontaneous volunteers will be requested.

–         Our recommendation for the caller is to become a Red Cross volunteer in your local community to gain experience and training.  The Red Cross responds to disasters regularly on a local basis.  It is very fulfilling to help someone in your locale in a disaster situation.  You also gain the experience and proficiency to be available to be deployed nationally.

–         You may contact our main office with your contact information and our Disaster Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you:  1-800-934-5344.

  • The Red Cross is not accepting in-kind donations such as food, clothing and blankets to send overseas.  We have supplies stored in Asia and other locations around the world from which we draw.  A cash donation is more useful than in-kind donation as it is usually more cost-effective for the Red Cross may buy materials in the locale of the disaster.
  • If you are a doctor, nurse or mental health professional we will take your contact information.  We highly recommend you become a local Red Cross volunteer so that your paperwork and background check is in order.  If there is a need for these professionals it will be necessary to go  through a Red Cross General Orientation and orientation relating to your specific field of service.

How can I find friends and family?

ICRC Family Links Website Available for Japan

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working closely with the Japanese Red Cross, has launched a special Family Links website to help people seeking to re-establish contact with family members and friends.

People in Japan and abroad can register on the website to inform their family and friends that they are safe and provide their current contact details, while those looking for people can check the list for information. They can also register the names of family members and friends, encouraging them to get in touch.

The website is at http://www.icrc.org/familylinks.

The Red Cross is still unable to accept International Disaster Inquiries for Japan. Please encourage members of your community to utilize the ICRC website and to keep calling and to trying to contact other family members who live in the region. Even though communication networks are overloaded right now, the situation may change and access to mobile networks and the internet may improve.

Other Family Linking Resources

The Google Person Finder site is available at: http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en

If you have the mobile phone number of your family member in the affected areas, you may utilize the following services to check whether he/she has registered his/her message(s) on this service. Services are available in English and Japanese.

DoCoMo: http://dengon.docomo.ne.jp/Einoticelist.cgi?es=0

SoftBanK: http://dengon.softbank.ne.jp/pc-e1.jsp

Willcom: http://dengon.willcom-inc.com/dengon/Top.do?language=E

EZWeb: http://dengon.ezweb.ne.jp/E/service.do?p1=dmb221

Please note that when you enter the mobile phone number for search on the webpage, you should remove the country code 0081 and add 0 at the beginning. For example, if you dial the number internationally as follows, 0081-90-8877-6655, enter it into the website as: 09088776655 (enter the number without any dashes).

US Citizens Living or Traveling in Japan

Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or 202 647-5225.

Inquiries Regarding US Military Stationed in Japan

The American Red Cross Safe and Well website has been updated to include the disaster dropdown “Japanese Earthquake.” Military members can register themselves on the site as being safe and well and families of Military members stationed overseas can check to see if their loved ones are registered on the site: http://www.redcross.org/safeandwell

WASHINGTON, Friday, March 11, 2011 — The American Red Cross stands ready and willing to assist following  a magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami that affected other countries in the Pacific region.

The Japanese Red Cross Society has extraordinary disaster response capabilities, and has mobilized eleven teams to heavily-damaged communities to provide assessments and first aid and prepare to supply emotional support and relief. The American Red Cross is in communication through its global partners with the Pacific nations that sustained the most damage, and stands ready to provide assistance as needed. To date, the Red Cross has not received any requests for blood from the Japanese Red Cross, the Japanese government or the U.S. State Department.

With potential danger headed to the west coast of the United States, Red Cross chapters are on alert and stand ready to provide assistance as needed in their communities in coordination with local and federal response partners. Red Cross warehouses in Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands), California, Washington and Hawaii are mobilizing resources; and approximately 100 mobile feeding vehicles are on standby. Evacuation shelters are open with additional locations on standby in Oregon, Washington and California.
The Red Cross does not collect blood in Hawaii but has reached out to other blood collection agencies to offer services and is on standby to support any blood needs across the mainland as well.

The best way to contact or locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan is to contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or (202) 647-5225. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has offered to assist Japan with restoring family links.

In addition, with ongoing evacuations in the United States, the Red Cross Safe and Well website is a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies like tsunamis. There are several easy ways to register yourself or search for a loved one on the Safe and Well website: from a computer, visit www.redcross.org, from a smartphone visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell or from any phone, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for help registering.

Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

Posted by: charlesmccaul | March 11, 2011

Tsnunami Watch

The National Weather Service has issued Tsunami Watch message. Message below:

TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER3 NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
1142 PM PST THU MAR 10 2011

UPDATED MAGNITUDE TO 8.9

…THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM CHIGNIK BAY ALASKA TO ATTU ALASKA……THE TSUNAMI WATCH CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA – OREGON – WASHINGTON – BRITISH
COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO CHIGNIK BAY ALASKA…

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE ADVISORY REGIONS LISTED IN THE HEADLINE. PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY
RESPONSE AGENCIES. – PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE WATER… OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.

– PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WATCH COASTAL AREAS SHOULD STAY ALERT FOR SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION.

TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR THE
WATER IS EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION
IS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS UNDER AN ADVISORY. CURRENTS MAY BE
HAZARDOUS TO SWIMMERS… BOATS… AND COASTAL STRUCTURES AND MAY
CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

TSUNAMI WATCHES ARE AN ADVANCE NOTICE TO AREAS THAT COULD BE
IMPACTED BY A TSUNAMI AT A LATER TIME. WATCH AREAS MAY BE UPGRADED
TO WARNING OR ADVISORY STATUS – OR CANCELED – BASED ON NEW
INFORMATION OR ANALYSIS. PERSONS IN A WATCH AREA SHOULD CLOSELY
FOLLOW SUBSEQUENT TSUNAMI MESSAGES.

PACIFIC COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA/ OREGON/ WASHINGTON/
BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD REFER TO THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER MESSAGES FOR INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PTWC.

Posted by: charlesmccaul | March 11, 2011

Red Cross Japan Earthquake Report 1

March 11, 2011
12:15 AM

Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

At this time the disaster in Japan and its effects on California is still developing. Our understanding is phone lines are down across the nation in Japan and therefore the Red Cross is not able to make contact with our representatives in Japan.

We recommend continuing listening to the news for updates and try to reach your loved one by email, cell phone or SMS. You may also monitor our national Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org; International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: http://www.ifrc.org; and that of the International Committee of the Red Cross: http://www.icrc.org.

You may also trying calling the State Department:
1-888-407-4747
202-647-5225

Our local Red Cross is not deploying volunteers at this time. The Red Cross has trained international teams to respond internationally, therefore, we are not deploying volunteers to Japan. At this time we are on standby awaiting information on how this may affect California and the West Coast. Watch our website: http://www.arcnec.org for updated information.

Local Red Cross volunteers will be notified by email and/or telephone if there is a need for deployment.

Charles McCaul
Emergency Services Manager

Posted by: charlesmccaul | March 2, 2011

Clipper Mills Incident

On Saturday, February 26, the Red Cross received a call from an elderly man living in a small mobile home park in Clipper Mills, Yuba County.  The man was not frantic, but he expressed concern for himself and the other residents who had about five feet of snow.  Even though the landlord had plowed the roadway throughout the park, many of the elderly residents could not get out.  Mr. L requested the Red Cross to send some food up to him if possible.  The Red Cross responded by sending a volunteer as far up La:Porte Road as possible, but could not reach the mobile home park because of snow.  However, a friend of a friend was able to eventually get the small amount of food to the resident.

Red Cross Emergency Manager, Charles McCaul, drove to Brownsville and Clipper Mills on Monday, February 28 to find out how dire the situation was.  While in Brownsville a passerby requested warm blankets.  After consulting with Brownsville Fire Chief, Rick Cunningham, McCaul called his office in Yuba City Ray’s General Hardware and requested 100 emergency blankets be sent immediately to the Brownsville Fire Department.  Red Cross volunteers Dan Foat and Michael Finnerty responded and the blankets are not available to those who may need them – free of charge.

McCaul traveled on to Clipper Mills and visited the Quail Ridge Mobile Home Park.  After a brief visit with the residents to determine their needs, he returned to Yuba City and gathered more blankets, hand warmers provided at a discount by SOS in Yuba City, water, some food for two families, and disaster preparedness literature.  McCaul returned to Clipper Mills, Forbestown and Challenge and distributed the supplies and literature to about a dozen residents.  The residents had been without electricity for six days and were happy to see the Red Cross in action, and very grateful.  Notices were posted in churches and other public places notifying the public of the emergency blankets at the Brownsville Fire Station.

On the way back McCaul’s four-wheel drive got stuck in a snow bank on Joy Circle in Challenge.  Fortunately, one of the many PG & E crews in the area restoring electricity was able to wench him out.  “PG & E exclaimed, ‘Imagine that – I’m rescuing the Red Cross!’”

During the storm  of February 25-27 the Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter in Paradise and were prepared to open shelters in Grass Valley and Burney.  They had many individuals call requesting food, blanket and motel assistance because of the power outages – mostly elderly and disabled.  The Red Cross responded with calls from homes flooded locally as well.

To become a Red Cross disaster volunteer in your county you may call 1-800-934-5344 and ask for the Disaster Volunteer Coordinator, Joe Phlipsak.

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Posted by: charlesmccaul | March 1, 2011

Clipper Mills Needs

Below is a report I sent to Yuba County Office of Emergency Services yesterday:

Scott,

This past Saturday we received a call from Quail Ridge Mobile Home Park, 12468 LaPorte Road, requesting assistance.  They had been out of electricity for several days and the caller was running low on food.  CHP wouldn’t let our respond all the way up, but we were able to ferry food from one person to another and get him some basics.

I decided to drive up as far as I could today to check the situation out.  While stopped in Brownsville a lady asked if we had any blankets.  I told her we have plenty of blankets and arranged with Fire Chief Rick Cunningham to place blankets at the Brownsville Fire Department.  There are now 100 blankets stored there; you are free to direct people to pick them up if they need them – free of charge.  They would have to make arrangements with the fire department.  Another option is Ray’s General Hardware can keep them at their site, too, but since they are closed Tuesday we elected to keep them at the fire station.

I drove on up to Clipper Mills, stopping along the way to collect contact information for hardware stores and grocery stores, as well as churches and will compile a Resource List for the foothills.  You probably already have something like this but I’ll send you mine when I complete it.  I arrived at the Mobile Home Park in Clipper Mills – about 5 feet of snow, no electricity for four days.  We going back up tomorrow (Tuesday) and will hand deliver blankets and a case of water and some hand warmers to the residents.  Even though the electricity came back on while I was at the site, we’ll fulfill our promise to them.

Is there any upcoming situational meeting that would be helpful for me to attend?  Also, I have a new Disaster Services Coordinator for Yuba County – Linda Cohee – who lives in Browns Valley.  Linda is a former school principle in Yuba City and already has proven herself eager and teachable.  I’d like for Linda and I to meet you so you can share with her your priorities, procedures and for you to get acquainted with her.

Charles

Posted by: charlesmccaul | February 28, 2011

Word of Praise from our CEO

Dear Disaster Volunteers:

I was talking to staff this morning and telling them how very impressed I was with each and every one of our Volunteer groups within our 13 counties this past week.  These winter storms brought some significant snow to some areas and cut power for days to others.  When people think about living in California, they never think the residents of California face such disasters.  We found that our senior citizens are the ones that are most at risk.

I want to share a specific story about a 70 year old gentleman that lives in Clipper Mills who called the office on Saturday.  I happen to be here and picked up the phone.  He was telling me that he had been without electricity for 2 full days and there was LOTS of snow in his driveway.  He had a little bit of food in his ice chest and was worried about the snow in his driveway being so high that if the snow on his mobile home roof were to cause a “cave in”, he would not be able to get out for help.  His land lord had plowed the road to his driveway but how was he going to get out????.  The bottom line was that he was just plain alone, scared and needed to feel that someone cared, so, he called the Red Cross.  I immediately called Charles and asked for his suggestions.  He called our wonderful volunteer in Browns Valley and she said “I will get him some food and milk and go up there tomorrow.”  The next day, she bought this food with her own money, traveled up to Clipper Mills and got told by the CHP she could not travel in to the victim because snow was blocking the entrance.  This creative and caring volunteer found another way to get the food to this gentlemen.

Stories like this one are the reason I applied for my job in 2004.  I could hardly wait to work around “Angels”.  Charles came in today with lots of “Angel” stories.  It made me feel so proud.  I am going to forward his stories to National Red Cross.  They need to hear about you too.

Martha Griese

CEO

American Red Cross of Northeastern California

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