Santa Rosa, CA, Monday, August 26, 2013 — The American Red Cross has declared a Disaster Relief Operation (DRO) for the entire state of California as each of its regions are impacted by the 15 wildfires currently burning. The largest sheltering operations are taking place in the Capital Region with the Rim Fire. The Capital Region stands ready to shelter more than 1,200 people. The DRO headquarters will be located in Sacramento.
The Humboldt County Chapter of the American Red Cross, part of the California Northwest Region, is expecting to open a shelter in Humboldt County to shelter and feed evacuees from the Corral Complex and Butler fires. Volunteers from throughout the region will assist with staffing. With seasonal wildfires raging across the state, the Red Cross is urging residents to take steps now to stay safer when wildfires threaten. “By preparing together for wildfires, we can make our families safer and our communities stronger,” Regional Communications Officer Kristie Fry said. “We can help you and your family create a wildfire preparedness plan now, before our community is threatened.”
As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for wildfires by:
For more information on wildfire preparedness, contact the Sonoma, Mendocino & Lake Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross at 707-577-7600, download the Red Cross Wildfire app to your smart phone or tablet, visit www.redcross.org or www.cruzrojaamericana.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS. We urge you to share these Red Cross wildfire preparedness tips with every member of your household, because the best protection is to be prepared ahead of time.
You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, as well as countless other crises, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your donation not only supports the costs associated with a disaster response, like food or the deployment of volunteers, but also supports our year-round readiness and maintenance costs such as our vehicle fleet, warehouses, IT systems and volunteer training.
Your support enables us to continue providing the critical and unparalleled American Red Cross services on which Americans depend in times of crisis. To learn more, please call Development Officer Ashley Fehrmann at 707-577-7627.