AMERICAN RED CROSS CONTINUES RELIEF OPERATIONS
FOR THOSE DISPLACED BY SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRES
Shelters at Mission Hills High School and Escondido High School
SAN DIEGO- May 16, 2014 – The American Red Cross is providing relief to people across San Diego County where multiple wildfires have forced residents from their homes – and we will be there with help and support throughout the weekend.
American Red Cross disaster workers are continuing shelter operations at Mission Hills High School (1 Mission Hills Ct., San Marcos 92069) and Escondido High School (1535 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92026). The shelter located at La Costa Canyon High School has officially closed as evacuation orders have been lifted.
On Thursday night (May 15), more than 280 people sought refuge in Red Cross shelters and many more have stopped by for meals and information about what help is available.
The shelters are providing for immediate needs of those affected, including a safe place to stay, food (dinner, snacks), emotional support and health services. In addition, trained caseworks began to meet one-on-one with those affected to listen to their stories, find out their needs, navigate paperwork, locate help from other agencies and more. The Red Cross maintains a variety of resources, including a cadre of trained volunteers and equipment that allows the organization to be ready to respond 24/7 to provide help to people affected by disasters.
Red Cross works closely with the response community and partners to coordinate relief efforts. Tomorrow Red Cross disaster workers will begin providing mobile distribution of water, meals and snacks to the neighborhoods.
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 tel:858-309-1278" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); " target="_blank">858-309-1278 or by mail to 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA, 92123.
Download the Red Cross Wildfire App to find the latest on shelters, links to details about each fire, and use "I'm OK" feature to update family and friends.
· 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.
About the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.