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Local Red Cross Continues Lilac Fire and Planned Power Outage Assistance

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

SAN DIEGO – December 7, 2017 – American Red Cross disaster workers have opened shelters and are collaborating with government partners to provide for the needs of those affected by the Lilac Fire and planned power outages in East County and North County. 

Red Cross-operated shelters:

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

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

East Valley Community Center (2245 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027) 

o Accepting pets in partnership with San Diego Humane Society 

Red Cross-supported shelter:

Oceanside High School (1 Pirates Cove Way, Oceanside, CA 92054) 

o This shelter is being opened by the City of Oceanside 

o The American Red Cross will assume management and operation at 7 a.m. on Friday, December 8 

Government partner shelter: 

Stagecoach Community Park (3420 Camino De Los Coches, Carlsbad, CA 92009) 

o Operated by the City of Carlsbad 

These shelters will provide for the immediate needs of those affected by power outages. 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 facebook.com/sdredcross 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 redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

WILDFIRE SAFETY STEPS 

The Red Cross urges everyone to follow evacuation orders from local law enforcement and have an emergency kit ready to go. 

• Listen to your local media for updates on the fire and be ready to leave quickly. Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing your direction of escape. 

• Keep your pets in one room so you can find them quickly if you have to evacuate. 

• Arrange for a temporary place to stay outside the threatened area. 

• Keep your indoor air clean – close windows and doors to prevent the smoke outside from getting in your home. 

• Use the recycle mode on the air conditioner in your home or car. If you don’t have air conditioning and it’s too hot to be inside, seek shelter somewhere else. 

• If smoke levels are high, don’t use anything that burns and adds to air pollution inside such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves. 

• Don’t go home until fire officials say it is safe. Be cautious entering a burned area – hazards could still exist. 

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 redcross.org/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter. 

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