Red Cross Closes Shelter, Continues Assistance
Volunteers helping in Banning, Mira Loma
SANTA ANA, Calif. – The American Red Cross serving Riverside County has closed its shelter at the Banning Community Center, but continues to assist those affected by recent fires.
Trained Red Cross volunteers are meeting with families whose homes were damaged in Banning and Mira Loma to ensure that their immediate disaster-caused needs have been met. As the recovery process begins, caseworkers will continue to be in close contact with these families, helping link them to additional resources that may be available.
Over the past two days, the Red Cross has staffed a shelter, provided emotional support to the community and distributed meals and snacks to evacuees and emergency officials. The organization is in close contact with local authorities and remains ready to provide additional assistance as needed.
“We know this is a difficult time for many of our neighbors,” said Maxine Margaritis, regional CEO for the American Red Cross serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. “While we continue to help those whose lives have been interrupted by these fires, we’re also encouraging all residents to be prepared for one in their area.”
Wildfire preparedness information, including how to react if one is reported nearby, is available at RedCross.org or by downloading the free Wildfire app for iPhone or Android devices.
For information on Red Cross disaster relief efforts in other parts of California, please visit RedCross.org.