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Red Cross Closes Shelter at Los Coches Middle School

With West Fire Evacuation Notices Lifted and Needs Met, American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties to Close Shelter on Monday


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


SAN DIEGO July 8, 2018 — In response to all West Fire evacuation notices being lifted and the needs of shelter residents being met, the local Red Cross plans to close the shelter at Los Coches Creek Middle School at noon on Monday, July 9.


Any individuals affected by the West Fire can go to the Red Cross shelter up until closing or call the American Red Cross Disaster Dispatch at (855) 891-7325.


The Red Cross will be present at the County of San Diego’s Local Assistance Center (LAC) on Monday, July 9 at the Alpine branch library, located at 1752 Alpine Boulevard, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Red Cross volunteers will help residents with casework, referral services, emotional support and more as the road to recovery begins. Wildfire kits that contain a sifter, rake, shovel, masks, gloves, and other cleanup materials will be distributed at the LAC to people who lost their homes. For more information on the LAC, please visit


Since requested by authorities, the local Red Cross has provided for the immediate needs of nearly 100 people affected by the West Fire. Red Cross shelters provide a safe place for people to stay, meals, snacks, beverages, comfort kits, health services, emotional support and more readily available for all those displaced. The shelter at Los Coches Creek Middle School also provided a co-located area to accommodate pets in partnership with the San Diego Humane Society, allowing displaced residents to stay close to their animals.


We continue to work closely with our local partners and emergency management officials to coordinate recovery efforts moving forward. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and ready to assist in various aspects including sheltering, feeding, disaster assessment, casework, and more. The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties responds to about one disaster every 24 hours.


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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