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Montana Red Cross Opens Shelter in Hamilton for the Evacuees of the Roaring Lion Fire

Red Cross Opens Shelter in Hamilton for the Evacuees of the Roaring Lion Fire
You can help people affected by disasters like wildfires, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Hamilton, MT, July 31, 2016—Montana Red Cross has opened a shelter for the evacuees of the Roaring Lion Fire south of Hamilton. The shelter is located at the First Baptist Church (River Church) at 354 Cooper Lane in Hamilton. All evacuees are welcome. All Red Cross services are free.

For those in the area who have not yet received the order to evacuate, here is what you can do to prepare:

  • Download our free Wildfire app at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.
  • Gather your family or household members and delegate responsibilities.
  • Assemble an emergency kit to take with you when you evacuate. For a detailed list of items to include, download our free Wildfire app at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps or go to http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies.
  • Prepare an information kit with important documents like medical, banking, and insurance records.
  • Save a list of emergency numbers on every cell phone.
  • Plan ahead for your pets and livestock. Ask local officials where you can bring your animals.
  • Identify a place to meet in case you are separated.
  • Plan and practice several evacuation routes from your neighborhood.
  • If an evacuation is imminent:

  • Tune in to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
  • Limit exposure to smoke and dust. Keep indoor air clean by closing (but not locking) windows and doors. Close curtains, shutters, and blinds. Use the recycle mode on your air conditioner.
  • Turn on exterior lights.
  • Remove flammable items from decks and porches.
  • Open gates for animals that cannot be evacuated.
  • Connect a hose to an outside spigot, mark any water sources on your property, and leave a ladder for firefighters.
  • Put your emergency kit in your car. Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape, with windows closed and keys in the ignition.
  • Put your best driver at the wheel. Turn on lights, drive slowly and watch out for emergency vehicles.
  • Evacuate as soon as the order is given. Don’t delay.

    HOW TO DONATE

    You can help people affected by disasters like wildfires, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, and other emergency assistance in response to disasters. Go to redcross.org/idaho or call 1-800-853-2570. Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross of Idaho, 5380 W. Franklin Road, Boise, ID 83705.

    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. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.