As fire crews worked through the night to finish containing the Shirley Fire, the American Red Cross Kern Chapter wrapped up operations at the Lake Isabella evacuation shelter. Now the local Red Cross is asking for help in locating the families who may have been displaced if their homes were among the structures burned in the fire.
Red Cross volunteers provide assistance to families impacted by home fires, often providing lodging, food and clothing assistance, as well as immediate referrals and resources. Residents who are permanently displaced because of the Shirley Fire are encouraged to contact the local Red Cross office if they are in need of assistance.
The evacuation shelter, which was open from Saturday evening to Tuesday morning, assisted dozens of impacted residents, providing them with lodging, food, comfort kits, and more. The local Red Cross worked closely with government and community partners to determine the immediate needs of the evacuees. Even though the shelter is now closed, Red Cross will continue to monitor the situation and determine how volunteers can be of any further assistance to the community.
Kern County residents looking for more information on how to prepare for and respond to a wildfire can download the Red Cross Wildfire smartphone app to access latest news and empower their families to prepare for possible evacuations. Just search for “Red Cross Wildfire” in the app store.
The Red Cross has been able to affectively assist those in need during this severe wildfire season thanks to generous donations from the community. Donations can be made by visiting redcross.org or calling the local office at (661)324-6427.
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.