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Red Cross Responds to Water Ban, Western Wildfires

Wildfires in California Force Evacuations
You can help by giving to Red Cross Disaster Relief.

More than half a million people in parts of Ohio and Michigan had no water over the weekend due to toxins from algae in Lake Erie and the American Red Cross distributed water in the affected counties.

The harmful algae in Lake Erie forced those affected to look for safe water. People were ordered to not drink or boil water for home usage as boiling increased the level of toxins in the water. This morning, the mayor of Toledo announced the ban has been lifted, that the city’s drinking water is safe.

Red Cross chapters in Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan set up free water distribution sites throughout the affected counties and delivered water to residences of individuals who could not leave their homes to find clean drinking water.

The Red Cross is working with local government and community partners to help ensure people have water and is prepared to assist the affected communities as long as water bans are in place.

WILDFIRES STILL BURNING Meanwhile, wildfires are still burning in Washington, California and Oregon and Red Cross workers are helping those affected.

The fires have consumed hundreds of thousands of acres and the Red Cross has shelters and evacuation centers open and is providing meals for first responders and people forced to leave their homes. The Red Cross will continue to offer shelter and food for as long as needed.

Red Cross workers are also providing health and mental health services, distributing clean-up supplies and Red Cross caseworkers are meeting with individuals to help them get the assistance they need.

HOW YOU CAN HELP A donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief can help people affected by wildfires and other disasters. To donate, people can visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.