Western Wildfires: Red Cross Responds, Issues Safety Information
Raging wildfires are burning in California, New Mexico and Arizona, forcing people from their homes. The American Red Cross has shelters open and is monitoring the situation with local and state officials.
In California, fires are burning in Los Angeles County, San Diego County and Santa Barbara County, destroying thousands of acres and forcing people to leave their homes. In New Mexico, a huge fire is burning near Tajique and evacuations are continuing. And in Navajo County, Arizona, yet another fire has burned thousands of acres and evacuation notices are out for numerous communities. The Red Cross has shelters open in all three states to help those affected.
IF A FIRE OCCURS Listen to your local media for updates on the fire and be ready to leave quickly. Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing your direction of escape. You should also:
AFTER THE FIRE Don’t go home until fire officials say it is safe. Be cautious entering a burned area – hazards could still exist. Avoid damaged or downed power lines, poles and wires. Other things to do include:
BEFORE A FIRE OCCURS Remove anything that can catch fire from around your home, garage and outdoor shed, including firewood and propane tanks. If it’s flammable, keep it away from your house, deck or porch. Obey outside burning bans when issued. Other things you can do to be prepared include:
You can also download the free Red Cross Emergency App which provides 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts. Red Cross apps can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.