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Red Cross Opens Shelter for Orleans Evacuees

Local Disaster Shelter Initiative Training -- Royalton
Shelter operations will continue indefinitely, depending on the needs of the population as the wildfire rages.

Eureka, CA, July 30, 2013 — The Humboldt County Chapter of the American Red Cross opened a disaster shelter at the Junction Elementary School in Somes Bar in response to the wildfire near Orleans.

Volunteers from the Humboldt County Chapter traveled to the school in the early morning hours, providing food and shelter for evacuees. Shelter operations will continue indefinitely, depending on the needs of the population as the wildfire rages.

The Red Cross has reached out to partners and the community, including the Karuk Tribe, which opened a shelter for its traveling population at its forest service headquarters. Volunteers from Red Cross in Redding are at the ready to assist on Wednesday, if sheltering continues.

The American Red Cross is able to provide this service due to generous donations from our community. “As the wildfire season gets underway in Humboldt County, there is also the possibility of an earthquake at any time,” reminds Barbara Caldwell, executive director of the Humboldt County Chapter. “We need to be able to respond to the current disaster, and to know we can respond to that unexpected event just around the corner. We are reaching out to our community to help us through their donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.”

Residents of the affected area are encouraged to sign into the Red Cross’ Safe and Well site, as one way of letting their loved ones know that they are okay.

Safe and Well:

Experts predict this could be a very active wildfire season for Humboldt County, particularly in the inland areas, and the American Red Cross is urging residents to make sure households, schools and business are prepared.

About American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization, not a government agency, and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit or contact the local chapter at 707-443-4521.