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Red Cross opens shelters for those affected by Springs Fire

Springs Fire
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the fire. -- Jim McGee, regional chief executive officer for the Red Cross serving Ventura County.

The Springs Fire is consuming thousands of acres, forcing thousands from their homes. The American Red Cross is operating three evacuation centers, providing food, water and comfort for those who have had to leave their neighborhoods and standing by if additional assistance is needed.

Red Cross Shelters are currently open at:

  • Thousand Oaks Community Center at 2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks
  • Calvary Chapel at 380 Mobil Avenue, Camarillo
  • Malibu High School at 30215 Morning View Dr., Malibu
  • “Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the fire,” states Jim McGee, regional chief executive officer for the Red Cross serving Ventura County. “The Red Cross has trained volunteers ready to help those in need.”

    The Red Cross encourages anyone affected to come to the evacuation center for help. The fire has burned more 10,000 acres and is 10% contained. . Winds and dry conditions make conditions ripe for fire through the end of the week. The Red Cross encourages the public to be prepared.

    WILDFIRE SAFETY Make sure driveway entrances and house numbers are clearly marked and identify and maintain an adequate water source outside the home such as a small pond or swimming pool.

    It’s a good idea to select building materials and plants that resist fire and regularly clean roofs and gutters. More information on wildfire safety is available on the preparedness section of www.redcross.org.

    DOWNLOAD WILDFIRE APP The Red Cross Wildfire App is free and 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.

    The Wildfire App also includes:

  • “Blaze Warnings” which let users see areas where NOAA has issued warnings that conditions are favorable for potential wildfires.
  • “Blaze Path” from Inciweb.org which provides users with a current view of an existing wildfire’s perimeter, how it has spread and the fire’s current location when available.
  • One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets, text and email that they are out of harm’s way.
  • Locations of open Red Cross shelters.
  • HOW TO HELP The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year and we help people get ready to respond to emergencies. The Red Cross needs the help of the public to continue this lifesaving effort. People can make a donation to the Red Cross to support our relief efforts for the Springs Fire and other disasters by going to redcross.org, texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. At this time we do not need donations of in-kind products or spontaneous volunteers.

    About the American Red Cross Ventura County:

    The American Red Cross of Ventura County is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Ventura County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at www.redcross.org/ventura or call us at 805-987-1514.