American Red Cross Opens Shelter in San Carlos After Power Outage

Grand Canyon Chapter
A generator inside the gymnasium is providing power, and the Red Cross is bringing 100 cots and 200 blankets from Payson in a shelter trailer.

SAN CARLOS (May 3, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter, in coordination with the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation’s tribal council, is opening a shelter Friday night in San Carlos for residents who have been affected by a large-scale power outage on the reservation.

A shelter is being set up at Burdette Hall, located at the corner of San Carlos Ave. and Yavapai St. in San Carlos. A generator inside the gymnasium is providing power, and the Red Cross is bringing 100 cots and 200 blankets from Payson in a shelter trailer. Food and water also will be available.

About 70 percent of the residents on the 9,300-person reservation have been without power since 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Power couldn’t be restored Friday because of strong winds in San Carlos.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.