San Francisco, CA (July 3, 2013) – While most of the country is getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, wildfires and flooding continue to affect people in the East and West. The American Red Cross is assisting those affected by providing shelter, food, relief supplies, and a shoulder to lean on. The Bay Area Chapter is sending one volunteer to Arizona.
Leaving today for Arizona is Marilyn Johnson of Belmont. The Gateway to the Golden State Region has deployed a total of four volunteers to Arizona – one from the Bay Area Chapter, one from the Silicon Valley Chapter, and two from the Santa Cruz County Chapter.
The Red Cross is providing assistance to those affected by the fire near Yarnell, Arizona, which claimed the lives of 19 firefighters earlier in the week. That fire has burned more than 8,000 acres and forced more than 1,000 people to evacuate.
Red Cross mental health workers are helping people in Yarnell cope with the tragic death of the firefighters. A community meeting was held at the Red Cross shelter at Wickenburg High School and Red Crosser Stephanie Vitanza talked to evacuees about their experiences and provided comfort items for children including coloring books and stuffed animals.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there are 129 new fires burning, including 31 large fires, which are not contained. Fires are affecting people in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, California, and Nevada. A new fire in Mojave County, Arizona, has consumed more than 3,000 acres and forced more than 1,200 people from their homes.
HOW PEOPLE TO HELP Make a donation by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the national office, American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
The Red Cross Safe and Well website is also available to let loved ones know you are safe. There are several ways to register on Safe and Well, or search for a loved one. From a computer, visit redcross.org; from a smart phone, visit redcross.org/safeandwell or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected with one’s local Red Cross chapter.
About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including fires, earthquakes, wildfires and other emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit redcross.org/bayarea to learn more.
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