American Red Cross disaster responders, working alongside numerous community partners, continue to distribute food, cleaning, hygiene and comfort items in the neighborhoods devastated by the Valley and Butte fires. The Red Cross also continues to offer shelter to those in need of a place to stay and has partnered with the Southern Baptist Convention to serve meals for those who were affected by the fires. Red Cross mental health volunteers are supporting residents as they return to their properties, and health services volunteers are helping to replace prescription medications and provide basic health support.
By the Numbers
Since evacuations were first ordered, nearly 700 trained Red Cross workers have:
• Served more than 81,000 meals and snacks
• Handed out more than 38,000 relief items
• Supported more than 10,000 overnight stays in shelters
• Provided more than 5,500 health and mental health contacts
• Opened more than 700 cases to provide individualized recovery support
“The Red Cross is proud to be a part of the community’s response to these devastating wildfires, working closely with local residents and partner organizations to provide safe and comfortable places to stay as well as access to resources to meet their emergency needs,” said Anne Reynolds, Red Cross Coordinating Officer for the wildfire response. “As the evacuation orders are lifted we need people to come to our service centers or shelters so we can begin to help them on the road to recovery.”
Where To Find Assistance
In addition to delivering relief supplies, the Red Cross is operating the following shelters and centers for displaced residents and victims.
The Red Cross currently has the following shelters open:
• In Calaveras County, Jenny Lind Veterans Hall, 189 Pine Street, Valley Springs
The Red Cross and many community partners are operating the following assistance center to ensure that the right resources and support are provided to those who have been affected by this disaster:
• Calaveras Local Assistance Center: Calaveras County Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas (Monday 9/21, 07:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Red Cross Information Hotline
People affected by the Valley, Butte and Rough fires can also (855) 224-2490 to learn about Red Cross services available.
Fire Season is just Starting… Prepare to Evacuate
California’s wildfire season typically peaks in the summer and into the early fall, with the most intense fires occurring in late September and October, which means, the worst is not over. Today, California’s fire season is about 70 days longer compared to 40 years ago. We encourage the community to prepare to evacuate:
Plan what to do if you have to evacuate:
• Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. You may choose to go to a hotel/motel, stay with friends or relatives in a safe location or go to an evacuation shelter if necessary.
• Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on your map in case roads are impassable.
• Plan ahead for your pets. Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes.
• Prepare an Evacuation Checklist and Organize:
o Critical medications.
o Important personal papers, photos.
o Essential valuables.
o Pet and livestock transport, limited amount of pet food.
o Change of clothing, toiletries.
o Cell phone.
o Critical papers and effects in a fire-proof safe.
o An Evacuation Route Map with at least two routes.*
o Drive your planned route of escape before an actual emergency.*
Download the Wildfire App
Get the latest state-by-state Wildfire news and updates, prepare your family, home and pets, let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area that is susceptible to wildfires or has loved ones that do.
To download: search "Red Cross Wildfire" in the Apple App Store or Google Play.
About the American Red Cross Gold Country Region
Founded in 1898, the Gold Country Region of the American Red Cross serves 4.4 million people in Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; 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.
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