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SAN DIEGO- May 13, 2014 – The American Red Cross is responding to the Bernardo Fire and working with our partners on the Temporary Evacuation Point at Torrey Pines High School, 3710 Del Mar Heights Rd., San Diego 92130.  

The American Red Cross establishes a Temporary Evacuation Point to provide short-term basic needs for those displaced due to an emergency. As of 5:00 PM, there were 30 residents at the evacuation point at Torrey Pines High School. If there is a need to transition to a shelter for overnight stays this evening, the Red Cross is ready.

The Red Cross will continue to provide updates as we have them. The Red Cross is working with our partners to determine what services are needed for those impacted by the fire. Follow @SDICRedCross for more information.

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by disasters. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and are ready to assist in various aspects including disaster assessment, casework, shelter, feeding and more. The local chapter responds to a disaster every 24 hours.


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.

    More information about how to prepare should a wildfire threaten your community is available on the Red Cross web sites – or

    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 or connect with us on  Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.