ANCHORAGE, July 24, 2019 – At approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, the American Red Cross of Alaska, in conjunction with the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center and the Alaska Air and Army National Guards, set up an emergency overnight shelter to provide comfort, support, meals and a safe place to sleep for 12 individuals who were evacuated by air following a wildfire near Rainy Pass Lodge. The lodge is situated in a remote area, approximately 125 air miles northwest of Anchorage.
Red Cross volunteers established the overnight emergency shelter at the American Red Cross of Alaska Region Headquarters, located at 235 E. 8th Ave, Suite 200 in Anchorage. The Red Cross will continue to provide support to those affected until we are no longer needed.
For more information on the wildfire, please visit akfireinfo.com.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
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About the American Red Cross of Alaska:
In FY18, the American Red Cross of Alaska offered food, shelter, comfort and hope to 892 Alaskans. We responded to 308 disasters. Our preparedness/Health and Safety teams installed 2,309 smoke alarms statewide and educated 1,722 youth through our Pillowcase Project. Additionally, our Service to the Armed Forces staff exchanged 1,161 emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families. 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 redcross.org/Alaska or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossak.