Red Cross Sends Disaster Responders to California Wildfires, West
Virginia Floods and Texas Floods
disaster responders have deployed to disaster-affected areas to assist thousands
disasters throughout the United States, helping people who have lost everything
in the raging wildfires in California, the devastating floods in West Virginia
and the catastrophic floods in Texas.
Salem, Nehalem, Beaverton, Williams, Turner, Keizer, Bend, Medford and Eugene, Oregon are on the ground in West Virginia, California and Texas. They are assisting affected communities by managing shelters, providing emergency financial assistance, health and mental health services, transportation services, and coordinating with local government entities to help deliver assistance.
WEST VIRGINIA: Thousands of people are without power and gas service. As many as 60 roads are closed to flooding and flood damage. There are 20 Red Cross and community shelters open across the affected counties where hundreds of people are taking refuge from the flooding. Red Cross workers are providing meals, relief supplies and other assistance to those affected as well as meals for first responders. Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope. Health workers are helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and working with state and local officials and partners to help ensure people get the help they need. Find Red Cross flood safety information here.
CALIFORNIA: The Erskine Fire in Kern County started last week and firefighters are working around the clock to contain the blaze, which has already destroyed 150 homes, burned 35,000 acres and forced almost 3,000 people to evacuate. Red Cross workers have shelters open, are providing food and relief supplies, and health and mental health services. People in the path of the fire can find vital safety information here.
EMERGENCY APP: Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of flooding, wildfires and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.