Red Cross Helping Wildfire, Flooding Evacuees

A Red Cross volunteer and a firefighter talk while wildfires burn in the distance.
...be ready to evacuate quickly and pack an emergency disaster kit.

The American Red Cross is helping people whose communities are impacted by new wildfires out west and flash flooding across the south.

WILDFIRES The Beaver Creek Fire near Sun Valley, Idaho, has consumed more than 100,000 acres and threatened thousands of homes and commercial properties. Two more fires, the Pony Complex and McCan fires, are also threatening homes and businesses in Idaho. Red Cross workers have shelters open and are working with local officials to determine what other help people need.

Hundreds of residents in Utah have been forced out of their homes due to wildfires in Summit and Tooele counties. Red Cross workers are delivering water and food to people in need and are operating evacuation resource centers with local officials to help people impacted by the fires.

Fires are also impacting people in California and Oregon and Red Cross workers have shelters open for residents forced to leave their homes.

WILDFIRE SAFETY If wildfires are possible in someone’s community, they should be ready to evacuate quickly and pack an emergency disaster kit including water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications, sanitation and personal hygiene items, important papers and cell phones and chargers, extra cash and maps of the area. They can also download the free Red Cross Wildfire App to get the latest fire news from local, state and federal agencies as well as access to preloaded information about what to do before, during and after a wildfire. The app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. More information is available on this web site.

FLASH FLOODS In Mississippi, the Red Cross is helping people in Harrison County after severe weather caused flooding throughout the region over the weekend. Red Cross workers are distributing relief supplies in the affected area.

A weather system is expected to drop heavy rain across the southeast again today and the Red Cross is standing by if additional assistance is needed in the region.

FLOOD SAFETY If flooding threatens someone’s neighborhood, they should follow these steps to remain safe:

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If someone comes upon a flowing stream where water is above their ankles, they should stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of water can sweep them off their feet.
  • If someone encounters a flooded road while driving, they should turn around and go another way. Do not attempt to drive through the water. If caught on a flooded road, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Be especially cautions at night when it is harder to see flood danger.
  • Keep children out of the water.
  • About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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