Mayor Chris Vierra declared March as Red Cross Month in Ceres and urged Cereans to salute and support effort of the relief agency.
A representative of the Red Cross accepted the proclamation last week and noted that Red Cross has been in Stanislaus County for 97 years. The agency urges residents to be prepared for emergencies and safety.
The Capital Region Chapter of the Red Cross covers Ceres and extends all the way north to Sacramento, west to Alameda County, along Highway 5 and up into the mountains. The region responds to an emergency every 16 hours with response in Stanislaus County averaging every 36 hours. From July 2013 to January 2014 the Red Cross has spent $33,000 on home fire response. Home fires is the biggest disaster the Red Cross responds to across the nation. The American Red Cross responds 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
The Red Cross has literature on ways to prevent fires in the home and quick evacuation by visiting redcross.org.