UPDATE: The Red Cross is transitioning out of shelter operations as of Wednesday, June 22 as evacuation orders are lifted for families affected by the Sherpa Fire. Anyone who may need further assistance can call the Sherpa Fire hotline at (805)272-0029 or the Red Cross Santa Barbara office at (805)687-1331 to get one on one support from a Red Cross caseworker.
The local Red Cross has activated a hotline to answer any questions or to assist families affected by the Scherpa Fire: (805) 272-0029.
The number will be staffed by volunteers 24 hours a day to provide assistance or answer additional questions from the public.
How to Help
The Red Cross is able to provide disaster relief during wildfire season thanks to the generosity of the community. Please click, text, or call to donate to the Red Cross to help people affected by disasters big and small. Every single donation brings hope to those in need.
Click here, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Red Cross urges residents to follow all evacuation orders from local law enforcement and be prepared for disasters like wildfires. Here are a few tips for getting your family prepared for a wildfire:
1. Make sure driveway entrances and address are clearly marked.
2. Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
3. Have an emergency kit for your family, including food, water, medications, and important documents.
4. Listen and watch for air quality reports and health warnings about smoke. Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in.
5. Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.
6. Arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area.
7. Make a plan for your pets. Identify hotels or animal shelters that are pet friendly or willing to house pets during a disaster. Have an emergency kit for them that includes leashes, food, medications, and a recent photo in case they run away.
Click here to learn more about get preparing for or responding to wildfires.
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.