Right now, as many as 17 deadly wildfires are burning across California, threatening lives, homes and businesses. Overnight, at least 2,200 people sought refuge from wildfires in 32 Red Cross and community shelters across the state. The Red Cross is also providing meals, health services, comfort and other support for affected residents.
The fires have already burned more than 110,000 acres and about 45,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders, most having only a few minutes to flee their neighborhood. Currently, as many as 33,000 homes are threatened by the out-of-control fires.
Out of control wildfires are causing heavy smoke and poor air quality in many areas of California.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP
STAY CONNECTED WITH LOVED ONES
Visit the Red Cross Safe and Well website at http://www.redcross.org/safeandwell to reconnect with loved ones. The site allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is open to the public and available in Spanish and English. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876 or you can use the “I’m Safe” feature of the Red Cross Emergency App to let loved ones know your status..