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Help Continues for Blue Cut Fire Evacuees

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle providing relief after Superstorm Sandy.

Local Red Cross Continues Assistance for Blue Cut Fire Evacuees

 

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (August 18, 2016)- In response to the ongoing Blue Cut Fire, the American Red Cross Serving San Bernardino County continues provide for the immediate needs of those affected by the fire.

The Red Cross shelter at Jessie Turner Community Center (located at 15556 Summit Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336) currently remains open. There is also a new shelter open in collaboration with the County of San Bernardino. This shelter is located at the High Desert Event Center / San Bernardino County Fairground at 14800 7th St., Victorville, CA 92395.

Shelters are providing for the immediate needs of those affected by the fire. Services include a safe and clean place to stay, food, hydration, emotional support and health services. Both facilities will remain open for as long as there is a need.

As always, the local Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management and our partners to coordinate ongoing relief efforts and determine additional needs moving forward. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and are ready to assist in various aspects including sheltering, feeding, disaster assessment, casework, and more.

ROAD CLOSURES, SCHOOL CLOSURES, ANIMAL CARE, ETC.

Please visit the official San Bernardino County websites at sbcounty.gov and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4962/ for official updates, road closures and a list of locations that are able to take large and small animals. These websites are updated frequently with new information and updates.
 

IN-KIND DONATIONS

At this time, the Red Cross has everything needed to support the Blue Cut Fire response. The Red Cross prepares for this year-round with trained volunteers, supplies, and key partnerships around the county.


At this point in time, we are not in need of donated items and we are able to fully support the needs of those displaced.  

For those interested in donating to those affected by the Blue Cut Fire, the following partner organizations are currently accepting donations:


The Salvation Army

925 West 10th Street

San Bernardino, CA 92411


Hours: 9am - 3:30pm

 

The Salvation Army Social Service Office

14585 La Paz Drive

Victorville, CA 92395

Hours: 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm

 

Deseret Industries Thrift Store
16593 Valley Blvd.
Fontana, CA 92335
Hours: Monday 8am-6pm and Tuesday-Saturday 8am-8pm

SAFE & WELL
After a disaster, letting family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. Red Cross Safe & Well has been activated for the Blue Cut Fire. People can register themselves, as well as search for others, by visiting safeandwell.org.


SAFETY TIPS - WILDFIRE


Responding During a Wildfire

  • Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
  • Always heed local authorities and evacuation orders.
  • Check emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply. Keep it nearby.
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. You don’t have to wait for an official evacuation order. If you feel threatened, be sure that you leave with time to spare.
  • Confine all pets to one room so you can quickly and easily take them and go if you need to evacuate.
  • Back your car into the driveway for a safer and more efficient way out. Park in an open space facing the direction of escape.
  • Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in.
  • Visit redcross.org or download the free Red Cross Emergency App for more preparedness tips and safety checklists, localizable safety alerts, Shelter Locator and more.

 

Evacuation Reminders

  • Please note - if possible, anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:
  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
  • Hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula, and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you

 

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. The American Red Cross Desert to Sea Region serves Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. For more information, please visit redcross.org/dts.

 

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