The American Red Cross is helping people impacted by the wildfires out west. Numerous fires are burning across several states and today red flag warnings are in effect for portions of Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will occur shortly.
RED CROSS RESPONSE The Rim Fire in California has burned more than 143,000 acres and is only seven percent contained. The fire has already claimed 11 homes and residents of another 6,000 homes have been advised to evacuate. Red Cross workers have shelters open and almost 100 people spent Sunday night in the shelters after being forced out of their homes by the fire.
As firefighters continue to battle to contain the fire in Tuolumne County, there is still a danger and many communities remain under evacuation advisories. The Red Cross stands ready to receive residents should they choose to leave their homes and is prepared to open additional shelters should the need arise. There are disaster workers, relief supplies and other resources prepared to ensure the needs of evacuees are met.
WILDFIRE SAFETY If wildfires are possible in someone’s community, they should listen to local officials and be ready to evacuate quickly. Safety steps include the following:
Pack an emergency disaster kit now 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. People 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.