The Loma Fire erupted early Monday afternoon in Santa Cruz Mountains on the border of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties and is rapidly burned through brush and trees parched from several years of drought. The fire has burned 2,865 acres and is 22% contained with an estimated 300 structures threatened. CalFire has a status webpage that provides information about the fire, including evacuation orders. If people have additional questions about the status of the fire, they may call CalFire's public information line at (408) 779-0930.
American Red Cross workers are working tirelessly with government and community partners to help people impacted by the Loma Fire. The Red Cross continues to support a shelter at Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church, 16970 De Witt Avenue, Morgan Hill.
Red Cross shelters provide for immediate emergency needs of those who are impacted by the fire. Impacted residents are welcome to stop by during the day for food (meals, snacks), water, blankets, health and mental health services, information, and other support services, even if they choose to spend the night elsewhere.
The Red Cross shelter at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Grange Hall has transitioned to standby status as of Thursday morning as the evacuation orders in Santa Cruz County have been lifted. The shelter can be reopened within a couple of hours should the need develop. The Red Cross thanks Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Association for their generosity in opening their facility for those impacted by the Loma Fire this week.
The Red Cross shelter at the Levy Family Campus/Jewish Community Center will transitioned to standby status on Thursday evening as the shelter residents were able to either return home or chose to move to larger Morgan Hill Shelter. The shelter can be reopened within a couple of hours should the need develop. The Red Cross thanks Levy Family Campus/Jewish Community Center and their staff for their generosity in opening their facility for those impacted by the Loma Fire this week.
Any residents affected by the Loma Fire and needing assistance, including assistance with a place to stay, should stop by the Morgan Hill shelter or call 866-272-2237 to speak with a Red Cross caseworker.
The Equine Rescue is supporting evacuation centers for livestock at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and Santa Cruz County Horsemen's Association ground on Graham Hill Road. Santa Clara County Horsemen's Association is also supporting an evacuation center for livestock at 20350 McKean Rd in San Jose. Care for small animals is also available at the Morgan Hill shelter.
IN-KIND GOODS DONATIONS
We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community during the Loma Fire. At this time, our shelters have what they need and we ask people not to bring donations to our shelters as we do not have the facilities to sort and store the goods. Although financial donations are still the best the way to help with Red Cross on-going relief efforts, the Red Cross has identified several opportunities for the community to donate goods to affected residents through our following community partners, who will accept, sort, clean, and distribute these specific goods donations at these locations:
Salvation Army of Gilroy (6701 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy) is accepting in-kind donations of clothing, household goods and toys.
Salvation Army of Santa Cruz (812 Pacific St, Santa Cruz) is accepting in-kind donations of clothing, bedding, material donations as well as any food donations.
Second Harvest Food Bank (800 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville) is accepting any food donations in bulk or smaller items.
SPCA of Santa Cruz County (685 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz) is accepting pet supplies, carriers, leashes, feeding bowls, and any pet supplies to include food.
We encourage the community to take advantage of these drop-off sites. We are so grateful for all of the community volunteers and organizations that have offered their support and for our financial donors who made it possible for our volunteers to be ready and equipped to respond at a moment's notice.
A financial donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief can help provide shelter for someone who has had to leave their home and food and water for them to eat. Help people affected by disasters like wildfires in California and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT RESOURCES
Disasters like the Loma fire can bring about significant stress. This is especially true if you have experienced a previous disaster. The good news is that many people have experience coping with stressful life events and are naturally resilient—meaning we are designed to “bounce back” from difficult times. In the days following a disaster, it is common for you, your family and friends to experience a variety of reactions. Feelings of exhaustion, worry, and anger can surface, especially if you’ve had to leave your home or have had to contend with the frustrations of having no electricity, or have had to clean up disaster debris. Here are some resources:
Recovery Emotionally: http://www.redcross.org/find-help/disaster-recovery/recovering-emotionally
Disaster Distress Helpline: To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.1.
Tips for Managing your Distress related to the Wildfires: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/wildfire-tips.aspx
Parent Guidelines for Helping Children Impacted by Wildfires: http://www.nctsn.org/nctsn_assets/pdfs/parents_wildfires
Recovering from the Wildfires: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/wildfire.aspx
BE PREPARED - WILDFIRE TIPS
Wildfires spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Residents in the surrounding Loma Prieta area are urged to stay vigilant, and prepare for possible evacuation. The Red Cross urges residents to follow all evacuation orders from local enforcement and be prepared. It is recommended that all residents prioritize their personal safety, and do not wait for an evacuation notification if they feel their safety is at risk. Some basic wildfire safety tips are:
Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
Back cars into driveways or park in open spaces facing the direction of escape.
Confine pets to one room so that you can find them if you need to evacuate.
People in the path of the fires should download the Red Cross Emergency App for real time access to shelter locations, weather alerts, preparedness information and safety tips. Click here for additional safety information, including what do to before, during and after a wildfire.
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