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Updated Information about Red Cross Relief Efforts in Idaho and Montana

Red Cross disaster responder at wildfire response.
We are working closely with emergency officials and partners like Southern Baptist Disaster Relief to provide the best possible assistance to evacuees.”

The Red Cross continues to closely monitor conditions in Idaho and Montana. The evacuation shelter in Kooskia has reopened and multiple shelters on standby in both states. The organization will mobilize additional volunteers and supplies if needed.

“The Red Cross is ready to help anyone who has been displaced by the wildfires in Idaho and Montana,” says Colleen Tone, director of the Red Cross’s Disaster Response Operation in Idaho and Montana. “We are working closely with emergency officials and partners like Southern Baptist Disaster Relief to provide the best possible assistance to evacuees.”

UPDATES ON RED CROSS SHELTERS IN IDAHO AND IN MONTANA

  • CLEARWATER COMPLEX FIRE, Lewis and Nez Perce Counties, Idaho
  • The Red Cross shelter located at the Clearwater Valley Elementary School at 306 Pine Avenue in Kooskia, ID, is open. Red Cross is assisting the Southern Baptists’ feeding operation at the shelter.

  • NAPOLEON FIRE (formerly the BULL RIVER COMPLEX FIRE), Sanders County, Montana
  • Following consultation with local authorities, the shelter in Noxon, MT, was closed this afternoon.

  • SHEEP FIRE, Flathead County, Montana
  • The Red Cross opened a shelter in Browning, MT, yesterday at the request of the Glacier County Sheriff’s Office, following the closure of Route 2. That shelter has since been closed.

  • TEPEE SPRINGS FIRE, Idaho County, Idaho
  • The Red Cross opened a shelter at the Timberline School in Weippe, ID, yesterday. It was placed on standby late this afternoon.

    THE RED CROSS CONTINUES TO PREPOSITION DISASTER RESPONDERS & SUPPLIES

  • TEPEE SPRINGS FIRE, Idaho County, Idaho
  • The Red Cross has pre-positioned supplies in Riggins, ID. Disaster responders are on alert to support the shelter.

  • SHEEP FIRE, THE SUNDAY FIRE AND THE TWIN CREEK FIRE, Montana
  • The Red Cross has also pre-positioned supplies to respond to the Sheep Fire, the Sunday Fire and the Twin Creek Fire. It has shelters and disaster response teams on standby in Whitefish, West Glacier and Marion, MT.

    PREPARING AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION KIT

  • One of the most important things to do before an evacuation is to pre-assemble an emergency kit. At a minimum, your kit should contain the basic supplies listed below:
  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for an evacuation)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • For a detailed list of additional items to include, go to www.redcross.org/prepare.

    DONATIONS

    To help the people affected by disasters like the Idaho and Montana wildfires, make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations to the disaster relief fund help with relief efforts to events like the Clearwater Complex Fire. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

    In Idaho, please visit www.redcross.org/idaho or call 1-800-853-2570. Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross of Montana, 5371 W. Franklin Road, Boise , ID 83705

    In Montana, please visit www.redcross.org/montana or call 1-800-ARC-MONT (1-800-272-6668). Contributions may also be sent to 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.