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Local American Red Cross Assists Those Affected by Lilac Fire and Planned Power Outages

Local American Red Cross Assists Those Affected by Lilac Fire and Planned Power Outages 

Red Cross continues to provide for immediate needs of impacted residents 

SAN DIEGO – December 9, 2017 – As evacuation orders in some areas have changed from mandatory to voluntary, the American Red Cross will consolidate shelter operations to Palomar College for Lilac Fire evacuees and residents affected by the planned power outages. The Bostonia Park & Recreation Center remains open to provide for the needs of those affected by the planned power outages in East County. 

Red Cross shelters:

Palomar College (1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos, 92069) 

- Accepting pets in partnership with San Diego Humane Society 

Bostonia Park & Recreation Center (1049 Bostonia Street, El Cajon, CA 92021) 

- Accepting pets in partnership with City of El Cajon Animal Control 

At a Red Cross shelter, individuals can find a safe place to stay, three meals a day, basic health services and a compassionate shoulder to lean on. Our shelters are open to all. After a disaster, our first priority is to ensure that everyone affected has a safe and comforting place to stay. Both shelters will remain open for as long as there is a need. 

We are working closely with our local partners and emergency management officials to coordinate ongoing response efforts. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call aroundthe-clock and stand ready to assist in various aspects of disaster response including sheltering, feeding, disaster assessment, casework, and more. 

For the latest updates, please follow the local Red Cross on Facebook at and on Twitter at @SDICRedCross. 

You can help people affected by disasters big and small, like the wildfires and countless other crises, by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visit, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

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 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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