The American Red Cross continues to help victims of the Colorado and Montana wildfires. In recent days, 20 Red Cross workers from the Puget Sound area have deployed to affected areas to support the relief efforts.
Ensuring people have a safe place to stay is a high priority. On Thursday night, more than 350 people spent the night at nine Red Cross shelters throughout Colorado and Montana. More than 275 trained disaster workers are helping people in Colorado and additional truckloads of supplies and response vehicles are en route to provide support.
In the last week, 20 specially-trained Red Cross disaster relief workers from the Puget Sound area have deployed to Colorado and Montana. They are providing emergency assistance such as shelter, food and mental health support.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the devastating wildfires,” said Randy Hutson, regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters. “We are grateful to our local Red Cross workers who are giving their time and expertise to help those in need.”
The Red Cross is working with its partners around the clock to help people, and will continue to make sure they have a safe place to stay, food to eat, emotional support and basic health services. The Red Cross will continue to be there in the coming weeks to help residents get back on their feet.
HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.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.
HOW TO FIND RED CROSS SHELTERS People who have been forced to evacuate can find out where Red Cross shelters are open by going to www.redcross.org or accessing the free Red Cross phone app. Both are refreshed with updated information every 30 minutes. Residents can also monitor local media—radio, newspaper and television—to find out where local shelters are located.
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 www.redcross.org/safeandwell or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected with one’s local Red Cross chapter.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; 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.