Disaster volunteer rises from apartment fire ashes

By Mimi Teller, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region Volunteer When the fire started to consume the two buildings next to her mother’s Panorama City home, Kenia Perez received a call to rush over. Kenia helped everyone safely get out of the home including the family pets but then watched, feeling utterly helpless, as dozens of neighbors fled their burning homes. A mother of two young girls and studying at Los Angeles Mission College to be a...

How we did everything wrong
the day of the Sylmar Earthquake

By Mimi Teller Rosicky, Red Cross volunteer  As Feb. 9, 1971, drew near, my seven-year-old mind buzzed with excitement for the day’s events: the much-anticipated ocean splashdown of the Apollo 14, a total eclipse of the moon and my daddy’s birthday.   While those events provided plenty of thrills for one day, Mother Nature added one more for good measure: a 6.6 magnitude earthquake.   The San Fernando fault zone...

Craig Renetzky: 27 Years after Northridge Quake 

By Mary Ann Mace, Red Cross Volunteer Where were you when the Northridge quake hit? Indelible memories live with us from that day, and for some time, the earthquake served as a wake-up call in the lesson of emergency preparedness. However, it shouldn’t take a life-changing incident to get us to act, because emergency preparedness isn’t just about taking care of ourselves and our loved ones, it can also mean helping our community.  Such...

A personal connection in Westlake Pico-Union

Red Cross AmeriCorps member Victoria Ramirez-Gomez told a version of this story on our “Close to the Vest: Alone/Together” livestream event. Full video below.  https://youtu.be/O56pSRK6Qv8 I want to share with you an experience I had in Westlake Pico-Union. I just want to emphasize that it's because of experiences and moments like the one I am going to share that I decided to sign on for another year of service with the Red Cross. I just...

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