The American Red Cross of the Central Valley has opened an evacuation center for residents affected by the Serpa Fire. Residents may receive assistance at the Yosemite Lakes Park Community Church, 43840 Patrick Ave., Coarsegold, CA 93614. If evacuation orders remain in place overnight, the Red Cross is prepared to transition to a full shelter operation.
“Right now our volunteers are making sure that these families have an immediate, safe place to go,” said Red Cross Executive Director Barry Falke, “But our disaster teams are ready to provide lodging, hot meals, water, hygiene items, health services, and comfort for anyone impacted by this fire.”
The Red Cross urges everyone to follow evacuation orders from local law enforcement and have an emergency kit ready go for any disaster including wildfires. Visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire to learn more.
The Red Cross is able to provide disaster relief services during wildfire season thanks to the generosity of the community. The best way to help current wildfire evacuees is through a financial donation. Click here to make an online donation to your local chapter. Follow the local Red Cross on Twitter and Facebook for additional preparedness tips and real time disaster response updates.
About the American Red Cross Central California 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 California Region provides services to the ten counties across Central California that is home to more than 4 million people. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.