Working with partners, the American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Pickens for families affected by the Pinnacle Mountain Wildfire and is continuing to support firefighters and emergency responders on the scene of the wildfire.
East Pickens Baptist Church, 2244 Gentry Memorial Hwy, Pickens, SC 29671
The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. It's also important not to forget special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and other items for family members who have unique needs.
WILDFIRE SAFETY TIPS
The Red Cross is also urging families who may be affected by the wildfire to plan ahead and stay as safe as possible.
· Plan and practice two ways out of your neighborhood in case your primary route is blocked.
· Select a place for family members to meet outside your neighborhood in case you cannot get home or need to evacuate.
· Identify someone who is out of the area to contact if local phone lines are not working.
For more information about what to do before, during, and after a wildfire, download the free Red Cross Emergency App. The all-inclusive Emergency app combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe. This latest app from the Red Cross provides information about what to do in case of floods, thunderstorms, hot weather, tornadoes, wildfires and more. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
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