Red Cross Opens Reception & Care Center in Kingman After Wildfire

Red Cross volunteers prepare for disaster response
Evacuated residents wishing to get out of the heat can come for snacks, water and coffee.

KINGMAN (July 1, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is opening a reception and care center Monday afternoon in Kingman for people evacuated because of the Dean Peak Fire.

The cooling station will open in the coming hours at Kingman High School, located at 4182 Bank St., Kingman, AZ 86409. Evacuated residents wishing to get out of the heat can come for snacks, water and coffee. If needed, the center will convert to a shelter, at which time Red Cross volunteers would set up cots and blankets for overnight stays, with evacuated residents then receiving meals, as well as assistance from Red Cross nurses and mental health volunteers.

The Dean Peak Fire, which was started by lightning Saturday afternoon, has grown from 200 acres to more than 900 acres. It’s burning in the Hualapai Mountains, about 10 miles east of Kingman, and evacuation orders for the Pine Lake Community and the Hualapai Mountain Park have come from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and the Pine Lake Fire Department.

Evacuated residents wanting to reconnect with loved ones are urged to register through the Red Cross Safe and Well website at www.safeandwell.org. Those wishing to make donations to the Red Cross can do so online at www.redcross.org/donate or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

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. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.