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American Red Cross Opens Shelter in Noxon and Issues Evacuation Tips

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“Evacuating quickly will not only keep you and your loved ones safe, but it may also save the lives of first responders who try to rescue those who stay behind.”

The American Red Cross Montana has opened a shelter in Noxon, MT. The shelter is located at the Noxon School at 300 Noxon Ave, Noxon, MT 59853. All evacuees are welcome to stay at the shelter and all services are free of charge.

The organization continues to monitor the wildfires across Montana and has prepositioned supplies and placed disaster responders on alert to prepare for possible evacuations from the Sheep Creek Fire, the Sunday Fire and the Twin Creek Fire.

“We urge Montanans to evacuate as soon as an evacuation order is given anywhere in our state,” says Diane Wright, executive director of Montana Red Cross. “Evacuating quickly will not only keep you and your loved ones safe, but it may also save the lives of first responders who try to rescue those who stay behind.”

Red Cross has important information for people who are about to evacuate:

If There Are Reports of a Wildfire in Your Area and an Evacuation Order Is Imminent:

  • Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
  • Always back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.
  • Confine pets to one room so that you can find them if you need to evacuate quickly.
  • Arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area.
  • Listen and watch for air quality reports and health warnings about smoke.
  • Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in.
  • Use the recycle or re-circulate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car. If you do not have air conditioning and it is too hot to stay inside with closed windows, seek shelter elsewhere.
  • When smoke levels are high, do not use anything that burns and adds to indoor air pollution, such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves. Do not vacuum because it stirs up particles that are already inside your home.
  • If you have asthma or another lung disease, follow your health care provider's advice and seek medical care if your symptoms worsen.
  • To have important wildfire safety information at your fingertips, download the free Red Cross Emergency App at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps. To learn more about wildfire evacuations, go to redcross.org/montana.

    HOW TO DONATE

    You can help people affected by disasters like Montana wildfires, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American 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. To donate, please visit www.redcross.org/montana, call 1-800-ARC-MONT (1-800-272-6668) or send a check to the American Red Cross of Montana, 1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405.

    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.