American Red Cross responds to a fire

The American Red Cross responds to a fire in Slab City. Photo provided by the American Red Cross Imperial Valley Service Center

With extreme heat, floods, earthquakes, storms, fires and more, the Imperial Valley pretty much sees every kind of emergency or disaster situation imaginable aside from hurricanes, said Andy McKellar.

With those challenges, the director of disaster services at the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial County chapter said the agency strives to be prepared for just about anything.

Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or

I covered the border and Calexico for two-and-a-half years but am now the courts and crime reporter. I studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and previously worked as a staff photographer in Austin, Dallas, Costa Rica and rural Oklahoma.

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