Border 32 Fire
Red Cross Response Information
- The American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties has mobilized our volunteers to help those affected by the Border 32 Fire.
- The Red Cross is currently supporting a shelter at Mountain Empire High School (3305 Buckman Springs Rd, Pine Valley, CA 91962) to assist those impacted. (Shelter closed 9/3/22)
- This location features a co-located pet shelter for small household pets, managed by the San Diego Humane Society.
- Those evacuating with large animals can go to the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services located at 5821 Sweetwater Road in Bonita.
- At the shelter, our Red Cross volunteers are providing safe place to stay, along with food, hydration, health services, emotional support and more.
- This Red Cross shelter will remain open for as long as we are needed, and we remain in close contact with emergency management partners to assess response needs.
- Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff remain on call around-the-clock and are ready to assist in various aspects including sheltering, feeding, disaster assessment, casework and more.
LOCAL ASSISTANCE CENTER
- Red Cross representatives will be on-site at the Local Assistance Center to help residents affected by the Border 32 Fire on Monday, September 12 from 12 - 7 p.m. at Potrero Branch Library (24883 Potrero Valley Rd, Potrero).
- The Local Assistance Center is designed to make it as easy as possible for residents to start their recovery process by giving them one place to receive help and information from numerous agencies. For more information, click here.
WHAT TO BRING TO A SHELTER
When you evacuate or head to a shelter, remember to bring:
- Special items for children, like food/formula, diapers, extra clothing, toys, etc.
- Items for pets, including a leash, pet medications and pet food.
- Prescription medications and medical devices you may need, as well as a face mask.
- Comfort items like pillows, blankets, towels, change of clothing or other items you may want to have with you at the shelter.
PREPARING FOR A WILDFIRE
Find additional preparedness information at redcross.org/wildfire.
- Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Listen to local media for updated emergency information and sign up for free emergency alerts from your local government.
- Back your car into the garage or park it outside in the direction of your evacuation route.
- Confine pets to one room so you can quickly grab them and go if you need to evacuate.
- Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Make sure you include a mask and hand sanitizer with your kit. Keep it in the car.
- Don’t wait – evacuate: if you feel threatened or unsafe, you can choose to evacuate at any time. If you receive an official evacuation order, heed the orders of local authorities, and follow instructions
- Download the free Red Cross Emergency App for safety information and weather alerts right at your fingertips. Find the app in your phone's app store or text GETEMERGENCY to 90999.
HOW TO HELP
We know that people are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. Our first priority is to provide shelter and support to those affected — and financial donations are the quickest and best way to help those who need it most. Please click, text or call to donate to the Red Cross. Your gift is a commitment to helping people affected by disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
If you have a desire to help people impacted by disasters like wildfires and other emergencies, you can make a significant impact as a Red Cross volunteer. Learn more at redcross.org/volunteer.
Please follow the American Red Cross Southern California Region on Twitter at @SoCal_RedCross for additional information and disaster response updates.