The Greater Idaho Chapter staff and volunteers were called upon July 14 to open a reception center for residents whose homes were in the path of Whiskey Complex fires near Garden Valley.
Regional Emergency Services Director Wade Gayler, Southwest Idaho Disaster Programs Manager Gary Compton and Southwest Idaho DAT Coordinator Morgan Gonzalez arrived at the Garden Valley School Monday afternoon and set up a reception center for area residents. Nurse Kim Monson with Disaster Health Services arrived later in the evening, and Regional Communications Director Charlotte Wiemerslage joined the team early Tuesday morning.
A voluntary evacuation was issued for about 60 homes and the center was upgraded to a shelter late Monday. Two residents sought shelter with the Red Cross overnight but, by mid-day Tuesday, it appeared all evacuated residents had found accommodations elsewhere.
The center remained open until 6 p.m. Tuesday, providing information, water, snacks and a cool place to rest for local residents.
With more wildfires anticipated in Idaho in the coming weeks, the Greater Idaho Chapter stands ready to support its friends and neighbors in times of need.