Utah Red Cross Continues Swift, Collaborative Wildfire Response


Alongside numerous community partners, the American Red Cross in Utah continues to support members of the Summit County community as they take their first steps toward recovery in the wake of the Rockport wildfire.

Red Cross volunteers are available to meet individually with evacuees at the Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) now established in an LDS meetinghouse located at 30899 Old Lincoln Highway in Wanship, Utah.

Volunteers at the MARC will assess and address immediate emergency needs such as food, clothing, shelter, health, mental health, and may also assist with long-term recovery planning.

“The community response to these disasters has been heartwarming,” said Heidi Ruster, CEO, American Red Cross Utah Region. “We are honored to continue working alongside our community and government partners to help victims of the Rockport fire—not only to recover from this disaster, but also to prepare for future crises.”

Over the next several days and weeks, Red Cross volunteers will stay in contact with victims and provide assistance and referrals as needed. More than 35 local Red Cross volunteers have stepped forward so far to assist in response efforts, and dozens more stand ready to help.

Red Cross Shelters

The shelter located in Park City is now closed. The Red Cross shelter located at Summit Middle School in Coalville (64 S 100 E) will remain open until at least 6 p.m. Saturday, August 17th. The Red Cross will continue to provide sheltering resources as long as they are needed.

While overnight-stay needs at wildfire-related shelters have been relatively low, numerous evacuees have sought and received support and services there. To date, more than 160 evacuees have received assistance at shelter locations, where 929 meals, snacks and bottles of water have been distributed to those in need.

Additional Resources

Guide to responding during a wildfire and recovering after.

Wildfire Safety Checklist

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