Butte County, Calif., September 6, 2016 —The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for residents affected by the Saddle Fire. The evacuation center is located at the Neighborhood Church gym, 2801 Notre Dame Boulevard, Chico, CA 95928.
Over 300 people were evacuated overnight, and the fire continues to grow.
“First and foremost, our volunteers want to make sure that these families have an immediate, safe place to stay,” said Janelle Weiner, Director of Communications for the Red Cross Gold Country Region. “In addition, our disaster teams are providing lodging, meals, water, hygiene items, health services, and comfort for anyone impacted by this fire.”
Red Cross volunteers will connect displaced residents with emergency resources, regardless of whether they stay overnight. “Often we have evacuees come by during the day for meals and information, even if they are staying with family or friends,” said Weiner.
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.
We are responding and working together with local emergency services to offer the best assistance as possible to those who have been asked to evacuate.
Visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire to learn more.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
The Gold Country Region serves a twenty-four county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties.
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