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Red Cross Opens Shelter for Residents Affected by Cedar Fire in Tulare County

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Volunteers will be on hand to provide lodging, meals, health services, and comfort for evacuees

Update as of Friday, August 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

The American Red Cross of the Central Valley has transitioned to a full shelter at Granite Hills High School, 1701 East Putnam Avenue, Porterville, CA 93257 for residents affected by the Cedar Fire in Tulare County. Volunteers will be on hand to provide lodging, meals, health services, and comfort for evacuees.

An evacuation center was previously opened at Porterville College, but transitioned to a full shelter at the high school late Thursday evening. The Red Cross of Kern County has been supporting an evacuation center in Wofford Heights since the fire broke out on Tuesday, and is currently on standby to assist as needed.

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. Click here 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 Red Cross wildfire relief efforts 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.