The American Red Cross Montana continues to monitor the wildfires across our state. The organization is asking people to get ready well before an evacuation is expected.
The key to preparing for an evacuation is to have a plan in place well before officials order an evacuation.
“One lightning strike can lead to a wildfire and spread quickly. When this happens, every second counts.” says Diane Wright, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Montana. “It’s important to prepare for wildfires and have a plan in place should one occur.”
The Red Cross has a few tips about what to do first:
Gather your family or household members and delegate responsibilities:
When a wildfire threatens your immediate area, here is how to prepare for an imminent evacuation:
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.