Sacramento, CA…Friday, September 19, 2014 – The American Red Cross continues to provide disaster relief and support in response to two large fires in the Capital Region – King Fire and Boles Fire. Volunteers have provided 220 overnight stays and served more than 860 meals since the fires began earlier this week.
Boles Fire (Siskiyou County)*
Volunteers continue to operate an evacuation shelter at the National Guard Armory located at 618 Everitt Memorial Highway in Mt Shasta, providing care for residents impacted by this devastating fire in the City of Weed. Volunteers are providing safe shelter, food, and meeting the immediate emergency needs of affected residents.
A temporary “bulk distribution” site has been established at 150 Alamo Avenue in Weed where residents may come to pick up clean-up supplies such as shovels, rakes, basic hygiene items, and water. This site will only be open today (9/19) through this afternoon, however this supplies and additional support services will continue to be available beyond today at location(s) to be determined.
Please follow @RedCrossNECal for updates on supply distribution and additional Red Cross service sites.
King Fire (El Dorado County)
Red Cross volunteers continue to operate an evacuation shelter at the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Rd in the town of Camino.
As of September 18, Red Cross volunteers have also opened a second facility – an evacuation center – at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation and Swimming Pool Complex located at 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd in South Lake Tahoe.
Volunteers are on site at both locations to provide residents with safe shelter, food, and meet any immediate emergency needs. The Red Cross will remain at these shelter facilities until it is determined that residents may safely return to their communities.
RESPONSE INFORMATION ONLINE:
For updates on the Red Cross response, connect with the Capital Region online. On Twitter, follow @RedCrossCRC and @RedCrossNECal. On Facebook, ‘like’ us at www.facebook.com/RedCrossCRC and www.facebook.com/RedCrossNEC.
HOW TO HELP
Since July 1, there has only been an 18-hour period of time during which there hasn’t been at least one wildfire evacuation shelter open in our Capital Region. The ability of the Red Cross to respond to these frequent emergencies whenever and wherever they occur is made possible only through the power of Red Cross volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Help people affected by disasters like wildfires in California and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
* For those interested in donating specifically to the long-term rebuilding and recovery needs of residents in Weed affected by the Boles Fire, please visit the Shasta Regional Community Foundation website at http://www.shastarcf.org/
The Red Cross has enough volunteers for this response at this time. However, if you would like to be trained as a Red Cross disaster volunteer to respond to future disasters, sign up at www.redcross.org/volunteer
As a reminder, the Red Cross can NOT accept donations of items such as food and clothing at our evacuation shelters and other facilities so we ask that people please refrain from doing so.
PREPARE FOR WILDFIRES
The ongoing drought in California has left much of the landscape abnormally dry, which has greatly increased the risks and volatility of wildfires. These fires left many residents with only minutes to secure whatever items they could and evacuate their homes.
It is important to consider the needs of you and your family should you be impacted by a disaster such as a wildfire. Taking steps to prepare now can go a long way toward not only helping you and your family stay safe, but also improve your ability to recover following a disaster.
Visit redcross.org for information on what types of items you should have packed and ready in case you need to evacuate.
Wildfires are an ongoing threat in our 24-county Capital Region, and the severe drought conditions throughout the state only enhance our risks. While we may not be able to predict when and where a disaster may occur, we can take steps to reduce the risk and impact of an emergency such as a wildfire.
Visit redcross.org for more information on wildfire safety and preparedness.
DOWNLOAD WILDFIRE APP
Another thing people should do is download the free Red Cross Wildfire App, available in English or Spanish. The app, found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross, includes features like the “Blaze Tracker” which can be customized to alert someone to fires where they live, travel or have loved ones.
The Wildlfire App also includes:
- “Blaze Warnings” which let users see areas where NOAA has issued warnings that conditions are favorable for potential wildfires.
- “Blaze Alerts” which inform users when a wildfire has begun within 100 miles of any locations monitored.
- “Blaze Path” from Inciweb.org which provides users with a current view of an existing wildfire’s perimeter, how it has spread and the fire’s current location when available.
- One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets, text or email that they are out of harm’s way.
- Locations of open Red Cross shelters.
- Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan.
- Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Capital Region serves a twenty-four county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/capitalregion or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCRC.