NOVEMBER 15, 2018: HELP PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

The American Red Cross is on the ground throughout the State of California, providing shelter, food and comfort for thousands of people forced to leave their homes due to the deadly wildfires burning in both the northern and southern parts of the state.

Red Cross volunteers are providing help and support at evacuation centers to offer safe refuge for people impacted by these devastating fires. Tuesday night more than 960 people stayed in 11 Red Cross shelters across California. People are welcome to come to shelters for help even if they don’t stay overnight. Today, more than 630 Red Cross disaster workers are helping to support people affected by the wildfires in California. Working with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 34,100 meals and snacks. Volunteer mental health, health services and spiritual care professionals have provided more than 6,600 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees. More than 14,000 relief items have been distributed for people that have been forced from their homes. Supplies include sifters, personal protective equipment, respiratory masks, rakes, shovels, work gloves, tarps, and other resources.

HOW YOU CAN HELP Entire communities and families have been left reeling from these deadly wildfires. Help people affected by the California wildfires by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

FINDING LOVED ONES People continue to search for missing loved ones and Red Cross reunification services are helping reconnect them as quickly as possible. These services include helping people communicate through the Red Cross Safe and Well website, as well as helping with urgent requests involving unaccompanied minors and separated children, reestablishing contact with family members who have been separated within the disaster area and working with partners to resolve reunification-related inquiries. There are just over 6,200 Safe and Well registrations for the wildfires, as many as 65,700 searches, and more than 1,200 matches through Safe and Well.

If someone is looking for loved ones they can visit the Red Cross Safe and Well website at http://www.redcross.org/safeandwell. The site allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available, open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website.

People can also use the “I’m Safe” feature of the Red Cross Emergency App to let loved ones know their status. The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/ARCNorthernNevada/ or https://www.redcross.org/local/nevada/about-us/locations/Northern-Nevada.html

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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.