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AMERICAN RED CROSS CLOSES LAST TWO SHELTERS FOR THOSE DISPLACED BY SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRES

 

AMERICAN RED CROSS CLOSES LAST TWO SHELTERS FOR THOSE DISPLACED BY SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRES

SAN DIEGO- May 17, 2014 – American Red Cross disaster workers have officially closed the two last shelters (Mission Hills High School and Escondido High School) as evacuation orders have been lifted for multiple wildfires across the county.

 

While the shelters have closed, the Red Cross response to the needs of those affected continues. Red Cross works closely with the response community partners to coordinate relief efforts.

 

Trained caseworkers continue to meet one-on-one with those affected to offer personal support as they begin the recovery process.  Red Cross disaster workers are providing mobile distribution of water, meals and snacks to San Marcos and Carlsbad neighborhoods.

 

Since Tuesday, May 13, the Red Cross has provided:

  • 3,181 meals
  • 3,465 snacks
  • 548 overnight shelter stays

HOW TO HELP

The Red Cross appreciates the good intentions of people wanting to donate items to disaster victims however, financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most. Donations can be made online at www.redcross.org/sandiego, over the phone by calling 858-309-1278 or by mail to 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA, 92123.

 

Returning Home

  • Do not enter your home until fire officials say it is safe.
  • Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning.
  • Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.
  • Watch for ash pits and mark them for safety—warn family and neighbors to keep clear of the pits also.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn your pets’ paws or hooves.
  • Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.
  • Wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles.
  • Wear leather gloves and heavy soled shoes to protect hands and feet.
  • Cleaning products, paint, batteries and damaged fuel containers need to be disposed of properly to avoid risk.

More information about how to prepare should a wildfire threaten your community is available on the Red Cross web sites – www.preparesandiego.org or www.redcross.org/sandiego.