LOS ANGELES, MAY 13, 2021 — May is National Wildfire Awareness Month and the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is urging everyone to plan now for dangerous wildfires and potential power outages.
“The last two years brought record-breaking wildfires and this year could be as bad or even worse” said Thomas Hill, Regional Disaster Officer for the Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “Wildfires spread extremely fast, giving people minutes or less to evacuate. Protect your home and loved ones by getting ready right now.”
GETTING READY IS EASY There are simple steps you can take to be prepared:
WILDFIRE SAFETY AND PREVENTION
COVID-19 SAFETY As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Red Cross has procedures and resources in place to help ensure the safety of those we serve and our workforce, especially when it comes to supporting local communities during a wildfire emergency. The Red Cross is still providing the same types of support after disasters as we always have, including making sure people have a safe place to stay, food to eat and resources to help them recover. We’ve put in place additional precautions, in line with CDC recommendations including social distancing protocols, masks, health screenings and enhanced cleaning procedures.
Ensuring people have a safe place to stay during a disaster is a critical part of the Red Cross mission, but how we support sheltering efforts may be different in each community, depending on local emergency plans and the scale of the disaster. In some instances, we may open group shelters, while other times hotels may be more appropriate.
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.