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American Red Cross Opens Care and Reception Facility

In anticipation of a strong El Nino season, we are continuously taking steps to prepare for a large rain event response in the communities we serve.

***Update: The care and reception facility is now closed.***

In the event of flooding throughout the Silverado Canyon area, the Orange County Emergency Operations Center has issued a voluntary evacuation for the Silverado Canyon burn area, including homes east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Road. This voluntary evacuation has potential to be upgraded to a mandatory evacuation as the storm progresses.

American Red Cross disaster workers have opened a Care and Reception Facility at the Silverado Community Center, located at 27641 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676 for those affected by voluntary evacuations. At this location, the American Red Cross will provide for some of the immediate needs of those affected, including a safe and warm place to go during the evacuation order. Snacks, coffee and water will be available.

Service animals are welcome at all Red Cross reception facilities. For affected residents with non-service animals, pets, and livestock, OC Animal Care recommends finding a boarding facility for pets, or residents may bring them to OC Animal Care for free boarding until the incident is over. OC Animal Care is located at 561 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868. Those needing assistance due to physical constraints can contact OC Animal Care at (714) 935-6848. Horse owners may evacuate their animals to the OC Fair and Event Center (OCFEC).

“In anticipation of a strong El Nino season, we are continuously taking steps to prepare for a large rain event response in the communities we serve,” said Linda Voss, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Desert to Sea Region, serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. “After any disaster, including an El Nino-related incident, the Red Cross is there to provide safe shelter, food, emergency relief supplies, emotional support and health services to people in need.”

The Red Cross is also encouraging individuals to prepare by taking three easy steps: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed. Residents can visit for more information.

Any person with disabilities and those with access and/or functional needs requiring assistance in evacuating should call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000.

Residents are urged to monitor local media for the most up-to-date information, as well as follow @OCRedCross @OrangeCountyEOC and @OCSD on Twitter.

The American Red Cross is currently responding to severe storms and flooding across the nation. To make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief, please visit

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. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross Desert to Sea Region serves Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

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