Red Cross Turning Shelter into Cooling Station in Kingman

Red Cross shelter welcome sign
The shelter will close at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kingman High School, and the cooling station will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

KINGMAN (July 2, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is transitioning its shelter in Kingman into a cooling station to assist people evacuated because of the Dean Peak Fire.

The shelter will close at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kingman High School, and the cooling station will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Evacuated residents wishing to get out of the heat can come for snacks, water and coffee. If needed, the Red Cross will convert the cooling station back into a shelter, at which time Red Cross volunteers would set up cots and blankets for overnight stays, with evacuated residents then getting meals and aid from Red Cross nurses and mental health volunteers.

The Dean Peak Fire, started Saturday by lightning, has grown from 908 acres to 2,350 acres – with no containment. It’s burning in the Hualapai Mountains, about 10 miles southeast of Kingman.

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.