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Red Cross Closes Otay Ranch HS Shelter

Red Cross volunteer helping lady in a shelter

After Gate Fire Evacuation Notices Lifted, American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties Closed Otay Ranch High School Shelter on Monday at noon

After shelter closure, caseworkers will continue to assist those affected by Gate Fire

SAN DIEGO, May 22, 2017 — In response to all Gate Fire evacuation notices being lifted and roadway re-openings, the local Red Cross closed their Otay Ranch High School shelter on Monday, May 22 at noon. The organization was prepared to continue sheltering operations if needed, however, all displaced residents are expected to be able to return to their homes or recreational vehicles today following the announcement of the re-opening of Pio Pico Campground.

As those affected return to their homes, Red Cross workers are connecting with families on an individual basis to assess their needs and provide further assistance if necessary.

Any individuals requiring recovery assistance should contact American Red Cross Disaster Dispatch at (855) 891-7325.

Red Cross caseworkers are there with those affected every step of the way in creating and implementing their recovery plans. 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, the local Red Cross has provided for the immediate needs of those affected by the Gate Fire. A Red Cross temporary evacuation point as well as an overnight Red Cross shelter have made safe shelter, food, hydration, comfort kits, health services, emotional support and more readily available for all those displaced. In total, the Red Cross provided over 80 shelter stays and served 272 meals.

The San Diego Humane Society provided pet sheltering adjacent to the Red Cross shelter, allowing displaced residents to stay close to their animals. The Humane Society provided food and shelter for more than 30 pets affected by the evacuation.

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.