The American Red Cross Kern Chapter is opening a resource center for Kern Valley residents affected by the Way Fire. The resource center will be located at the Kernville Chamber of Commerce, 11447 Kernville Road, Kernville 93238. It will be open from Monday, August 25 through Friday, August 29 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Case workers at the resource center will meet one-on-one with affected residents to determine their needs, which often include lodging as well as food and clothing assistance during times of disaster. The Red Cross will also work closely with government and community partners to provide additional support, which may include new living arrangements, food, clothing, replacement glasses and prescriptions, counseling, and guidance on how to begin recovering.
The evacuation shelter, which opened Monday afternoon, closed Thursday morning after workers met all the immediate needs of the shelter residents. The resource center will provide additional support to Way Fire evacuees as they transition back into everyday life.
“Our work here isn’t done,” said Executive Director Amy Smith, “We’ll be here for residents as long as there is a need. Our resource center will provide a central location for these residents to receive additional support from throughout the community.”
All Red Cross disaster relief services are free to those who need it. The Red Cross is able to assist affected residents this wildfire season thanks to generous donations from the community. While the Red Cross cannot accept physical donations, monetary contributions can be made by visiting redcross.org or through the Bakersfield office.
Impacted residents looking for more information can download the Red Cross Wildfire smartphone app to find shelters in their area, access news alerts, and empower their families to stay calm by preparing for possible evacuations. The app can be found by searching “Red Cross Wildfire” in the app store.
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 www.redcross.org.