After a string of disasters, the American Red Cross of Santa Cruz is trying to recover from the costs. They said March was one of their worst months since the earthquakes of 1989.
Usually the chapter spends about $5,000 a month helping disaster victims in Santa Cruz and San Benito County. In March, they spent $19,000. On top of the tsunami waves that hit the Santa Cruz Harbor and the floods in Capitola, they were dispatched to five different fires and a number of mud and landslides.
Typically, they pay for temporary housing for three days, but because of the severity of some of the events, they housed people for up to a week and a half. In Capitola alone, they are helping 23 people.
The chapter is now asking for your help. If you can donate your time or money, call them at 831-462-2881 or visit their website at www.sccredcross.org.
They also have free orientations every Thursday at 2:00PM at 2960 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz.