American Red Cross Partners with Caravan Trading Co. to Better Prepare Bay Area

San Francisco, January 5, 2019—ARCBA and Caravan Trading Co. announced the Ready-To-Go™ Emergency Food Pack—a multi-meal kit to be used in any emergency situation. Caravan will donate $0.75 per-unit-sold to ARCBA.

The Food Pack is a multi-meal kit that provides ready-to-eat food for individuals or families during emergency situations when food is not available, including: being stranded in your car, unable to get into your home after a house fire, or during a catastrophic disaster from which you may be trapped in your home or office.


  • Each pack includes food and water for one person for three days
  • Pack is portable
  • All food items are a good balance of vitamins, minerals and protein
  • Everything is packaged separately for maximum freshness
  • No preparation is needed

The pack is on sale at select Bay Area Costco stores and at ARCBA's Red Cross Shop at 85 2nd Street, San Francisco or online at

"COSTCO Preparedness Days" Throughout Bay Area

San Francisco, January 18, 2019—ARCBA and Costco Wholesale Corporation will host "Preparedness Days" at select Bay Area Costco stores. Red Cross volunteers will be on hand to provide preparedness information to Costco shoppers, while answering questions regarding the new Ready-To-Go™ Emergency Food Pack sold in the store.

The Costco Preparedness Days will take place at the following store locations throughout the Bay Area:

San Francisco County
Saturday, January 20, 2019
450 10th St., San Francisco
10am to 3pm

San Mateo County
Saturday, January 20, 2019
1001 Metro Center Blvd, Foster City
10am to 3pm

Alameda County
Saturday, January 27, 2019
43621 Pacific Commons Blvd., Fremont
10am to 3pm

Contra Costa County
Saturday, January 27, 2019
2400 Monument Blvd., Concord
10am to 3pm

Marin County
Sunday, January 28, 2019
300 Vintage Way, Novato
10am to 3pm

Catastrophic Disaster Experts at "Risk"

Oakland, February 7, 2019—The American Red Cross hosted a four-day training simulation entitled: "Risk Area Capacity and Concept Operations Development," which is meant to develop a shared model of response to a catastrophic disaster in Northern California. Over 100 disaster response specialists from a myriad of local, regional and national agencies participated in a simulated a response to a 7.9 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault through five key processes and functions, including: sheltering, feeding, government/emergency management liaison, reporting vital information, and fundraising.

"Katrina proved that a higher level of planning and coordination between agencies is necessary in a catastrophic event," said Harold Brooks, CEO of the American Red Cross Bay Area. "This simulation gives us the ability to see how far our resources can extend as well as identify where we need improvement."

Some of the agencies that participated in the training include: national, regional and local chapters of the American Red Cross; FEMA; Salvation Army; California Office of Emergency Services; California Department of Social Services; Southern Baptist Convention; NORCAL Volunteers Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters.

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