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South Florida Staff Provides Disaster Relief in California

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More than 1,200 people spent Monday night in Red Cross and community shelters, forced from their homes by the fires.

The South Florida Region Red Cross announced today it will deploy Tzaicel Hernandez to provide support and comfort to those escaping the raging wildfires in California. More than 1,200 people spent Monday night in Red Cross and community shelters, forced from their homes by the fires. According to officials, the Valley Fire in Lake, Napa and Sonoma has already destroyed more than 580 homes and consumed as many as 62,000 acres. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for more than 19,300 residents. Several roads are closed and thousands are without power. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation with emergency officials and more shelters are on stand-by if needed. As many as 9,100 more homes and businesses are threatened by the fire that is only 10 percent contained.

WHO: Tzaicel Hernandez is a Major Gifts Officer for the South Florida Region Red Cross. She has been with the organization for nearly four years, this is her first deployment.

WHY: The Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties has destroyed more than 71,000 acres, leading to the evacuation of about 9,800 residents. This fire has destroyed more than 160 homes and threatens about 6,000 more homes. In addition to operating and supporting shelters for the evacuees, Red Cross workers are providing meals, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, health services such as replacing medications and eyeglasses and emotional support for the people affected by the fires. The Red Cross is also working with partners to provide care for evacuated pets and animals.

HOW TO HELP

Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

VOLUNTEER

Learn what it’s like to be a Red Cross disaster volunteer. The American Red Cross is calling on community members to join the team to make sure the South Florida Region Red Cross is ready when a storm strikes. For the third consecutive year, Red Cross chapters are offering the free train in a day program for volunteers who are willing to help their community during disasters. For more information visit our website.

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 redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.