San Jose, CA (July 5, 2013) – On Saturday afternoon, American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter will deploy one of its Emergency Response Vehicles, driven by a team of two local volunteers, to Arizona to provide support to those affected by the raging wildfires. An Emergency Response Vehicle can feed up to 3,000 meals a day when fully loaded and help with the bulk distribution of goods and relief supplies to clients.
Howard Gray of Morgan Hill and Howard Mukoyama of San Jose will depart in the Emergency Response Vehicle on Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m. from the American Red Cross San Jose Office at 2731 North First Street. The duo will drive to Prescott, Arizona.
In the past two days, the Gateway to the Golden State Region has deployed a total of 20 local volunteers to Arizona – ten from the Bay Area Chapter, four from the Silicon Valley Chapter, and six from the Santa Cruz County Chapter. Four additional local Emergency Response Vehicles left today from the American Red Cross Fairfield, Monterey, and Oakland offices.
While most of the country is enjoying the 4th of July holiday weekend, people in the path of the Arizona wildfires are taking refuge in American Red Cross shelters, hoping when the fires are over they find their homes still standing. People were forced to leave home quickly, taking only what they could.
The Red Cross is assisting people affected by the various wildfires providing shelter, food, and emotional support. Red Cross volunteers also help those who left home without prescription medications, eyeglasses, or other medical needs. There will be counselors and case workers to help evacuees plan their next steps, from how to get smoke out of their homes to where to turn if their home was one of the hundreds destroyed.
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.
The Red Cross Safe and Well website is available to let loved ones search to see if their loved ones are safe. You can register or search three ways:
HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP
Make a donation by visiting www.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.
About the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter
The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at www.redcross.org/siliconvalley or call us at 1-877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.