WASILLA, AK, August 30, 2019 — The Red Cross of Alaska closed the emergency shelter located at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center (1001 S Clapp St, Wasilla) at 12 p.m. today, Aug. 30, as residents have been able to return home or have made arrangements for other housing alongside Red Cross recovery caseworkers.
Based on the needs of those affected, all Red Cross recovery casework services through Saturday, Aug. 31 have been transitioned to the Upper Susitna Senior Center (16463 Helena Drive, Talkeetna), and the distribution of relief supplies and disaster health and mental health services will be available at the Upper Susitna Senior Center and Sheep Creek Lodge (59429 S Parks Hwy, Willow). Updated details on each of these relief services can be found below.
RECOVERY CASEWORK & PLANNING
Red Cross caseworkers will be available through Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Upper Susitna Senior Center from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. to provide recovery casework and planning services for those whose homes were destroyed by the fire.
From Sunday, Sept. 1 through Tuesday, Sept. 3, Red Cross recovery casework and planning services will be available from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment. Red Cross caseworkers can be reached for appointments or questions at 907-764-2407.
DISTRIBUTION OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
The Red Cross of Alaska will continue to distribute emergency relief supplies like water, masks, storage totes, tarps, trash bags, shovels, rakes, brooms, gloves, blankets and personal hygiene items to those who need them in the following two locations through Saturday, Aug. 31:
• Upper Susitna Senior Center, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
• Sheep Creek Lodge, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
From Sunday, Sept. 1 through Tuesday, Sept. 3, Red Cross emergency relief supplies will be available to everyone who needs them at Sheep Creek Lodge from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
DISASTER HEALTH & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Independently licensed Red Cross health and mental health professionals will continue to provide emotional support, first aid, and health and mental health services across the affected areas to care for and support residents as they work through the effects of this disaster.
About the American Red Cross of Alaska:
In Fiscal Year 2019, the American Red Cross of Alaska responded to 435 disasters by offering food, shelter, relief supplies, comfort, hope and recovery services to 1,096 Alaskans in 50 communities statewide. Our preparedness teams installed 2,171 free smoke alarms and educated 1,409 youth through The Pillowcase Project. Our Training Services department enrolled 19,665 students in first aid/CPR/AED, aquatics and caregiving classes. Our Service to the Armed Forces staff exchanged 1,299 emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. In Fiscal Year 2019, our statewide workforce of 729 volunteers logged 40,735 hours in service to our mission and their fellow Alaskans. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Alaska or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossak.