How You Can Help the Red Cross Respond to Wildfire Victims
August 16, 2022
The American Red Cross of Central California is assisting those who have been impacted by recent wildfires. There are nearly 8,000 wildfire incidents in California every year that burn millions of acres. The Red Cross is doing their part to help those who were forced to evacuate after fires threatened or destroyed their homes.
Volunteers at the organization are working around the clock to care and comfort wildfire evacuees. Red Cross is providing meals and shelter to those with medical or disability needs. They also provide hot meals, showers, and even small pet sheltering with help from the Central California Animal Disaster Team.
Red Cross does not require identification to enter a shelter, only a person’s name and residence before they had to evacuate. Their shelters are open to everyone in need regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or citizenship status. The organization remains committed to keeping those sheltered safe from COVID-19 through precautions like tests, masks, social distancing, health screenings, and enhanced cleaning procedures.
The Red Cross needs volunteers to continue helping wildfire victims. To find out how to volunteer, please review the information available on their website. For up-to-date information on California fires, please visit Cal Fire’s website. For more information on the Red Cross’ response to wildfires, please visit redcross.org.