San Bernardino County

Deploys AID WORKERS To Hurricane Victims 


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San Bernardino County is sending up to 18 mental health professionals to communities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, under an action by the Board of Supervisors. 

“In times of crisis, Americans always band together,” Board Chairman Robert A. Lovingood said. “On behalf of the People of San Bernardino County, this is our way of helping those who are hurting during this trying time.”

RED CROSS 07-2017.jpg  The Supervisors’ approval ratified an action taken by Chairman Lovingood on September 7th, after the American Red Cross put out a call for trained volunteers. In response, the Department of Behavioral Health staff members that possess the appropriate qualifications, volunteered. Through this humanitarian response, staff will be able to utilize their crisis response skill set while at the same time receive further training that can then be shared with other County departments.


Veronica Kelley, Director of County Behavioral Health, said the department has been providing crisis intervention services in the field throughout the County of San Bernardino since 2005.

“The degree of knowledge and experience clinical staff have in critical incident debrief and management, crisis intervention and trauma resilience as well as the lived experience of providing crisis services to residents … make them valuable to any disaster response,” Kelley said. “They will be able to share from past experience while bringing back to SBC lessons learned from current traumatic events to better inform future responses.”


The experience of helping disaster victims will strengthen San Bernardino County’s emergency response to future disasters. The County will seek reimbursement.  

In other action, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement that allows the Town of Apple Valley to use County supplies for emergency animal cruelty cases. The Supervisors also, formally accepted 5,000 micro-chips valued at $28,239 donated by Animals aRe First Fund (ARRF). The micro-chips will be used for pets adopted from County Animal Care and Control shelters and at no cost to the adopting pet owners. Micro-chipping a pet can assist the owner to locate their lost pet quickly. Micro-chips offer a safe method to identify the owner of a micro-chipped animal by utilizing a unique identification number, which is assigned to the respective micro-chip.