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Local Red Cross Deploys Worker to Assist With Washington Wildfires

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Some of these families have lost everything, and I’m just grateful we can be there to support them

The American Red Cross Kern Chapter is deploying Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Tessa Lovro to assist with Washington state wildfire relief efforts. As part of the operations management team, Lovro will be responsible for operational oversight and direction to the disaster relief operation. She will be departing from Bakersfield Tuesday morning at 11:50 a.m. to Wenatchee, WA. 

“Some of these families have lost everything,” said Lovro, “And I’m just grateful we can be there to support them in any way possible.”

Since the Carlton Complex fires began burning one week ago, the Red Cross has provided relief and support to the affected residents. With a total of four shelters currently open, additional volunteers and resources have been requested to help the region. Workers there are providing food, health and mental health services and meeting one-on-one with people to determine what other services are needed. The Red Cross is also working with community partners to distribute meals throughout the affected area.

Additionally, the Red Cross is distributing items such as trash bags, heavy work gloves, and masks to people who are starting to sift through the ashes where their homes once stood. Red Cross workers remain in close contact with emergency management teams to identify what additional help people may need.

People living in or near the wildfire prone areas should download the Red Cross Wildfire Safety App for smartphones to stay informed and make an emergency plan.

“The Red Cross will be in Washington as long as there is a need,” said Kern Chapter CEO Amy Smith, “Long after the flames go out these families will need our support.”

The Red Cross is able to respond to disasters like wildfires thanks to the generous support of the community. To find out how you can help support disaster relief efforts, visit


About the American Red Cross Central Valley Region

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross Central Valley Region provides service to the seven counties across Central California that is home to more than 2.5 million people. For more information, please visit