The National Weather Service is warning that critical wildfire conditions are likely in the central and southern Plains through Wednesday, one of the most significant wildfire predictions in recent history for this time of year. The wildfire threat is fueled by strong winds, lots of dry fuel, low humidity and temperatures above normal. The American Red Cross is preparing to respond if necessary and urges everyone to follow these safety steps.
Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice and obey all evacuation orders from officials.
If you’re trapped outdoors, crouch in a pond, river or pool.
Download the Red Cross Emergency app for real-time alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and expert advice on wildfires. The Emergency app also includes an “I’m Safe” feature that help people check on loved ones. Search “American Red Cross” in app stores, or go to redcross.org/apps
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NOW
Make sure you have access to local alerts and notifications so you can monitor conditions and receive instructions from local officials, even during a power outage. Keep track of fires near you so you can be ready to evacuate quickly. You may have only minutes to get out. Register to receive any free emergency alerts from your community. Understand your community’s plan to notify individuals with disabilities.
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.
Support all the urgent humanitarian needs of the American Red Cross.
Find a drive and schedule a blood donation appointment today.
Take a class and be ready to respond if an emergency strikes.