REDDING, CA, Friday, August 24, 2012 – The American Red Cross evacuation shelter at Big League Dreams in Redding closed on Friday August 24, at noon. However, local Red Cross workers remain ready to provide further assistance if new evacuation orders are issued. Since Saturday, the American Red Cross has activated 38 Red Cross workers who have met the needs of evacuees by setting up cots, handing out blankets, and distributing comfort items such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste.
Red Cross volunteers are preparing to visit neighborhoods affected by the Ponderosa fire to assess the level of damage each home received. In some cases, client caseworkers will meet one-on-one with the impacted families to make sure they have access to every resource available to them. And trained relief workers are on hand to offer words of comfort during these tense times
In addition, the Red Cross will be providing clean drinking water for Manton residents, whose flumes were damaged or destroyed by the fire. Nine pallets of water (more than 15,000 bottles), are being delivered on Friday, and will be available for affected residents starting Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. at Manton Elementary School. Manton residents in need of potable water are encouraged to come by the school for clean drinking water on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
For information on wildfire preparedness, contact the Northeastern California Chapter of the American Red Cross at 530-673-1460, visit www.redcross.org or www.cruzrojaamericana.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS.
You can help people affected by disasters like the Northeast California Wildfires, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.