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Sunday June 2 Red Cross Wildfire Update
The American Red Cross Shelter at the Pecos High School Gym is transitioning to a daytime center today for the Tres Lagunas Fire and will be staffed until six p.m.
The shelter opened on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3 p.m. and has served over 200 meals and snacks.
Red Cross volunteers will be at the shelter site tomorrow from 1-6pm to serve as an information and respite point for members of the community.
American Red Cross Regional CEO Rahim Balsara attended the community meeting in Pecos on Saturday and the U.S. Forest Service briefing. Balsara met with Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, various state officials and representatives of Senator Martin Heinreich during the Red Cross assessment visit to the Tres Lagunas shelter.
A Red Cross representative will attend the community meeting this evening in the Pecos High School Auditorium to continually assess the community needs related to the fires.
The shelter trailer will continue to remain on the shelter site in the care of San Miguel County emergency management in the event this fire takes a turn and we need to open up the shelter again.
A Red Cross representative will attend the Thompson Ridge Fire community meeting today at the Cerro de los Pinos Volunteer Fire Department.
Red Cross volunteers and material resources remain on stand-by and ready to open shelters for the Thompson Ridge Fire.
The Red Cross is committed to helping people in times of emergency and to meet their disaster caused needs. Red Cross health services and mental health workers are present in all shelters and will continue to work with the members of the Medical Reserve Corps in Pecos.
The Red Cross is also committed to addressing the unique needs of children and families affected by disasters.
The Red Cross urges everyone to be prepared for wildfires and other emergencies by making a plan, having a go-kit with copies of all important papers, your prescription medications, water and snacks for pets and family members. For more information on preparing for emergencies go to www.redcross.org
The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-560-2302. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico by mail: American Red Cross in New Mexico, 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or made online at www.redcross.org/newmexico. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org
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