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The American Red Cross opens Ukiah shelter for residents following large fire

“I’m impressed with the rapid and coordinated response between the Red Cross and county staff around this sad situation.”

Red Cross volunteers are providing support for nearly 50 residents affected by a large apartment fire at Fir Crest Apartments on State Street last night. A Red Cross shelter opened early this morning at Ukiah High School, 1000 Low Gap Rd. in Ukiah, to provide evacuated residents a safe place to stay, eat, and get both physical and emotional support.

Today, Ukiah High School staff members are providing breakfast and lunch, while Red Cross volunteers are providing dinner to the evacuees. So far, 49 people, many of them children, are registered at the shelter. American Red Cross plans to continue assisting residents to ensure they have a safe place to stay and food to eat.

Carmel Angelo, CEO of Mendocino County, and Tim Miller, CEO of the local Red Cross, have been working together at the shelter. “I’m impressed with the rapid and coordinated response between the Red Cross and county staff around this sad situation,” stated Angelo. “The Red Cross is such an asset to our community.” She noted that this coordinated approach is part of the county’s emergency plan. Angelo also serves on the American Red Cross Board of Directors.

HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP

Those who want to help can make a financial donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps people in disasters like the fire in Ukiah, as well as emergencies across the country:

  • visit www.redcross.org
  • call 1-800-RED-CROSS
  • text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Mail donations to American Red Cross, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties, 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
  • The Red Cross is not able to accept individual donations of items such as clothing or food. However, if there is an organization that would like to coordinate and accept such items for the residents evacuated following the Ukiah fire, they should contact Ellen Maremont Silver at the Red Cross, (707) 577-7632.

    To find a Red Cross shelter, visit redcross.org. iPhone users can download a free Red Cross Shelter View app from the app store at itunes.apple.com.