The American Red Cross continues to provide support to those affected by the Taylor Bridge Fire that has already forced 1,000 people from their homes and destroyed more than 70 houses.
The Red Cross is working around the clock to provide shelter, food and emotional support. A Red Cross shelter is located at the Centennial Center in Cle Elum (Senior Center) located at 719 East 3rd Street. The Red Cross is also assisting Central Washington University, which has opened a shelter at Munson Hall. Last night, 45 people stayed in shelters. Food and water is also being provided to more than 800 firefighters.
HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support those affected by the Taylor Bridge Fire in Eastern Washington as well as wildfires across the US this summer by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. The Red Cross is unable to accept small, individual donations of goods or collections of items such as clothing, food, toys, furniture, medical or cleaning supplies.
REGISTER ON SAFE AND WELL The Red Cross Safe and Well website is also available. People affected by the fires and flooding can access the site and let loved ones know where they are. There are several ways to register on Safe and Well, or search for a loved one. From a computer, visit redcross.org; from a smart phone, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected with one’s local Red Cross chapter.
Media Contact: Lisa Reinhart, Phone: (509) 925-5866, Lisa.Reinhart@redcross.org
ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.