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American Red Cross Continues to Provide Wildfire Disaster Relief
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Red Cross
 
July 11, 2008

The American Red Cross continues to manage seven shelters to assist those affected by the California Wildfires. The shelters provide food, drinks and a safe place to rest for those affected by the wildfire evacuations.  The Red Cross has additional shelters locations on standby should additional evacuations be issued.

Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescription and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

Those seeking more information about assistance or shelter locations should call the Red Cross toll free at 1-866-GET-INFO

People in wildfire-ravaged communities are urged to register themselves and their loved ones on the Safe and Well Web site at www.redcross.org to allow family and friends across the state and around the country know of their status. The Safe and Well Web site is an easy way to assist people seeking to locate those who've registered their status during this emergency.

How You Can Help

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like wildfires in California, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.


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