SAN DIEGO- May 15, 2014 – In response to the multiple fires in San Diego County, American Red Cross disaster workers are continuing shelter operations at Mission Hills High School as a shelter site (1 Mission Hills Ct., San Marcos 92069). The Temporary Evacuation Point at Escondido High School (1535 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92026) is now being transitioned into a shelter. The shelter at La Costa Canyon High School located at 1 Maverick Way in Carlsbad also remains open. All shelters will remain open until there is no longer a need.
Since Tuesday, May 13, the Red Cross has provided approximately:
More 2,000 snacks
More than 275 overnight shelter stays, and expected to increase this evening
More than a dozen canteen operations, supporting various Temporary Evacuation Points, as well as providing snacks and hydration to first responders at several Incident Command Posts.
The shelters are providing immediate needs of those affected, including a safe place to stay, food (dinner, snacks) and clothing, emotional support and health services.
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 the Red Cross will work with the County on damage assessment to be able to identify and supply needs to those who may need Red Cross support.
HOW TO HELP
The Red Cross appreciates the good intentions of people wanting to donate items to disaster victims, but 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.
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. http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/wildfire-app
Wildfires spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. The Red Cross has important steps people to follow that can lessen the threat of a wildfire. If a wildfire is burning near your neighborhood, back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape. Confine your pets to one room so you can find them if you need to get out quickly. Listen to local radio and television stations for updated information, and be ready to leave at a moment's notice. These steps will help limit your exposure to smoke:
Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in.
Use the recycle or re-circulate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car. If you do not have air conditioning and it is too hot to stay inside with closed windows, seek shelter elsewhere.
Do not use anything that burns and adds to indoor air pollution, such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves. Avoid running the vacuum cleaner because it stirs up particles that are already inside your home.
If you have asthma or another lung disease, follow your health care provider's advice and seek medical care if your symptoms worsen.
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.