NAPLES, Fla. (May 14, 2020) – Last night, local American Red Cross volunteers from the Florida Gulf Coast to Heartland Chapter responded to wildfires in Collier County that threatened neighborhoods in the surrounding areas.
The Red Cross worked closely with emergency management officials to support two county-managed reception centers, provided to the impacted families to coordinate a safe place and determine any further assistance needed.
As of last night, the Red Cross provided emergency aid, such as lodging and direct client assistance, to more than 18 individuals impacted by the wildfires.
Red Cross Volunteers have been trained to follow proper safety procedures and protocols to continue serving communities impacted by local disasters, during this global health crisis. For the safety of the public and our workforce, volunteers are providing support and emergency aid to individuals on a virtual basis through phone and the use of video conferencing technology.
At this time, the Red Cross continues to monitor the evolving situation with the Collier County wildfires and working closely with local officials to determine any further needs in the community.
During this coronavirus outbreak, the Red Cross’ physical presence may not be the same across the country, but the emergency help we provide will continue, including financial assistance as well as other resources like health and mental health services which may be provided over the phone.
Families in our community, across the country and around the world turn to the Red Cross every day for help because #EmergenciesDontStop. Hospital patients still need lifesaving blood; neighbors still need food, shelter and care after disasters; and military families still need support. Your help is needed to fulfill the urgent needs of our mission today at redcross.org/SouthFlorida.
HOW PEOPLE CAN TAKE ACTION:
- Make a financial donation to their local Red Cross to help people affected by home fires and other disasters in the United States and around the world. Visit redcross.org/donate.
- Visit redcross.org/wildfires to find safety tips and how to yourself and loved ones from wildfires.
- Become a Red Cross volunteer by applying at redcross.org/sflvolunteer.
- Download the Red Cross Emergency App by visiting redcross.org/apps or texting 'GETEMERGENCY' to 90999. This all-inclusive app combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe. And the Monster Guard mobile app is specially designed for kids, teaching them to prepare for emergencies at home by playing an engaging game.
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/SouthFlorida, or visit us on Facebook or Twitter at @SFLRedCross.