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After Border Fire Evacuations Lifted, Red Cross to Close Los Coches Creek Middle School Shelter

SAN DIEGO, June 23, 2016 —In response to all Border Fire evacuation notices being lifted, the local Red Cross will close their Los Coches Creek Middle School shelter on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m.  Since Sunday, the Red Cross has provided 177 overnight shelter stays.

Red Cross caseworkers are on-site at the shelter and are available to help any of those affected with recovery plans. Caseworkers have been working with affected community members throughout the week. As this process continues, Red Cross caseworkers are there with those affected every step of the way in creating and implementing their recovery plans.

The Red Cross is currently in the process of disaster assessment and hopes to complete remaining disaster assessment over the weekend. Any individuals requiring recovery assistance should contact American Red Cross Disaster Dispatch at (855) 891-7325.  Red Cross Disaster Assessment Teams will be in affected areas tomorrow and Red Cross volunteers will be handing out bottled water, snacks, and seeking out individuals who may need recovery assistance.

The Red Cross works closely with emergency partners and local authorities at all times to best meet the needs of the community before, during and after disasters.

Since requested by authorities on Sunday, the local Red Cross has provided for the immediate needs of those affected by the Border Fire. Red Cross shelters, first at Campo Elementary School and then at Los Coches Creek Middle School, have made safe shelter, food, hydration, comfort kits, health services, emotional support and more readily available for all those displaced. Red Cross shelters also provided a co-located area to accommodate pets. The San Diego Humane Society provided extra kennels, pet food, various pet supplies and a cooling system to keep animals cool and comfortable. Humane Society volunteers have also been on-site to help care for animals.

The local Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by disasters. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call around-the-clock and stand ready to assist in various aspects including sheltering, feeding, disaster assessment, casework, and more. The San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter responds to about one disaster every 24 hours, from home fires to wildfires to floods and more.

Returning Home After a Wildfire

·       Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist.

·       Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.

·       Continue to stay alert and listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.

·       Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn pets’ paws or hooves.

·       Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fires ash and safe use of masks.

·       Wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles.

·       Wear gloves and heavy soled shoes to protect hands and feet.

·       Follow @SDICRedCross on Twitter for the latest updates, disaster alerts, and more.

About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties

The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties 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; 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.          

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