Multiple wildfires are burning in California, threatening neighborhoods and forcing people to leave their homes. The American Red Cross is there, providing comfort and support to people across the state as the fires continue to threaten communities.
Trained Red Cross disaster workers are providing safe shelter, food and other support to people in need. More than 200 people spent Thursday night in 4 Red Cross evacuation shelters.
Anyone who needs a safe place to go can find open Red Cross shelters at redcross.org or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. If heading to a shelter, people should bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, other comfort items and important documents. Don’t forget to bring any special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, or for family members who have unique needs.
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. You can help people affected by disasters like wildfires and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Critical fire weather will continue today in California and the Red Cross offers tips on what to do if a wildfire threatens so you can better protect yourself and your loved ones.
A wildfire can spread very quickly, giving you little time to evacuate to safety. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Obey evacuation orders from officials.
If you are trapped outdoors, crouch in a pond, river or pool.
Do not return home until officials say it is safe to do so.
DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep you and your loved ones safe with real-time alerts, shelter locations and safety advice on wildfires.. The Red Cross First Aid App provides instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies. Download these apps for free by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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