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Red Cross opens shelter for those impacted by White Fire


SANTA BARBARA, May 27, 2013 — The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for those residents evacuated as a result of the White Fire.

The shelter is located at the Wake Center at 300 N. Turnpike Rd.

Food and beverages are available as well as information updates regarding the fire. Animal Services will be setting up a pet shelter for small animals.

“We urge everyone to follow the advice of their local officials and evacuate immediately if told to do so,” said Dean Phaneuf, emergency services manager, Red Cross of Santa Barbara County.

DOWNLOAD WILDFIRE APP

Red Cross urges the public to download the free Red Cross Wildfire App, available in English or Spanish. The app, found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross, includes features like the “Blaze Tracker” which can be customized to alert someone to fires where they live, travel or have loved ones.

SAFETY TIPS

• Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

• Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.

• Always back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.

• Confine pets to one room so that you can find them if you need to evacuate quickly.

• Arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area.

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REGISTER ON SAFE AND WELL

The Red Cross Safe and Well website is also available. People affected by the fires 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.

More information can be found in the Red Cross Wildfire Safety Checklist.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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, visit our website redcross.org/SantaBarbara, follow us on twitter @SBRedcross find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrosssantabarbaracounty or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.