LOS ANGELES, August 13, 2020 — The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region has opened two temporary evacuation points for those affected by the Lake Fire in the Lancaster/Palmdale area.
SEE: Photos from the Highland High School evacuation point (Flickr)
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The evacuation points were established as rest sites for those affected to access their needs and for the Red Cross to present lodging options. Volunteers also will be providing food, water and COVID-19 safety resources. Following DPH and CDC COVID-19 safety protocols, the Red Cross is providing all sheltering services while maintaining social distancing. For those seeking refuge, please bring your emergency kit and any supplies you need to help make yourself feel comfortable and safe, such as medication and pet food. Wildfires can spread rapidly and its important to prepare now and have your cars ready; please, do not wait until there is not enough time to grab your essentials.
The Red Cross is working with partners to secure accommodations, which may include a dormitory-type shelter or hotels. To date, two residents have been provided hotel lodging.
Red Cross LA is dedicated to helping those affected by disasters. We work closely with local emergency management teams and our partners to coordinate relief efforts. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and ready to assist in aspects such as providing shelter, meals, disaster assessment, resources and more.
Please follow @RedCrossLA on Twitter for the latest updates. Visit redcross.org/wildfire for information on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from wildfires.
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.