Category Archives: Disaster Services

How We Are Helping After the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami


How We Are Helping After the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.


Youth in Emergency Services (YES!)


Exciting new Red Cross program for Youth! Youth in Emergency Services (YES!) is the first of its kind and we want you to be a part of it!

The YES! Program trains Red Cross high school students to be Disaster Volunteers and assist during a community disaster.

Our first ever YES! Disaster Training will be held on Saturday, February 26th from 11am – 4pm at the Santa Barbara office. Another YES! Disaster Training will be offered at the Santa Maria office  in September; date and time will be announced later. There are only 21 spots available in the February training, so if you are interested, sign up now! Here’s how to get involved:

1. Get, complete and turn in a Youth Volunteer Recommendation Form at the Santa Maria or Santa Barbara Red Cross office.

2. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation. (Club members should have received a Red Cross Orientation.)

3. Complete a Youth Volunteer Application. (Club members should have completed the Application.)

4. Attend the YES Disaster Training.

If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved, contact Lauren at or (805) 687 – 1331 x 119.

Haiti Earthquake


The American Red Cross is sending money, supplies and staff to Haiti to support relief efforts there after yesterday’s earthquake, which caused catastrophic damage and loss of life.

According to reports, as many as three million people may have been affected by the quake, which collapsed government buildings and caused major damage to hospitals in the area.

The Red Cross is contributing an initial $1 million from the International Response Fund to support the relief operation, and has opened its warehouse in Panama to provide tarps, mosquito nets and cooking sets for approximately 5,000 families.

In addition to Red Cross staff already in Haiti, six disaster management specialists are being deployed to the disaster zone to help coordinate relief efforts. At this time, the American Red Cross is only deploying volunteers specially trained to manage international emergency operations.

There has been an outpouring of support from the public. To help, people can make an unrestricted donation to the International Response Fund at or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). The public can also help by texting “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross, through an effort backed by the U.S. State Department. Funds will go to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

Debris and collapsed bridges are making access to many areas extremely difficult. Telephone service and electricity are out in many places. Haitian Red Cross staff worked throughout the night to rescue people still trapped in their homes and provide first aid. The priority remains to provide food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.

The American Red Cross already had fifteen staff in Haiti providing ongoing HIV/AIDS prevention and disaster preparedness programs. All are reported to be safe and responding to the disaster.