LOS ANGELES, July 7, 2019 — The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region will continue to keep its shelter open this weekend at the Kerr McGee Community Center (100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA 93555) to offer services to those impacted by the two earthquakes that shook the region on Thursday and Friday.
The Red Cross shelter has provided services to at least 340 people since the shelter opened on Thursday, and it will remain open as long as it is needed to assist families affected by the earthquake who need a safe place to stay, have a meal and shower and a shoulder to lean on.
Red Cross volunteers are providing comfort and care to those who have been affected including mental health and disaster spiritual care.
The Red Cross shelter is also open for residents and their small animals and is working with Kern County Animal Services with trailers onsite offering food and pet supplies to people with pets.
Red Cross emergency response vehicles are in Trona and Ridgecrest delivering drinking water and meals in the field for those affected by the earthquakes. These vehicles will also be distributing clean up kits that include a bucket, mop, broom and cleaning liquids. Distribution is expected to continue throughout the week as is needed.
These week’s earthquakes serve as a reminder to Angelenos on the importance of being prepared for disasters big and small. The Red Cross offers these safety steps you should follow:
During an earthquake, avoid moving around. Drop, cover and hold on.
If you are outside, find a clear spot away from buildings, power lines, trees and streetlights. Drop to the ground and stay there until the shaking stops.
After an earthquake, expect and prepare for potential aftershocks.
DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different emergency alerts. The Red Cross First Aid App puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies at your fingertips. Download these apps for free by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.
BE READY FOR DISASTERS
Getting prepared is easier than you may think. Your family can prepare by taking three simple actions:
For more information and preparedness tips, visit redcross.org/prepare.
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. 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/la or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.