Red Cross Responds: Flooding, Wildfires

By: Sammy Slappey

Flooding and wildfires are just some of the many disasters the Red Cross responds to year-round. This August, the Red Cross has been able to utilize its 75,000 volunteers to help assist those affected by these natural disasters.

Flash flooding continues to impact many people throughout the southwest, leaving hundreds without power in Arizona. The Red Cross has provided hope in these areas by providing families food, water and shelter during their time of need.

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The Rim Fire in California has burned more than 280 square miles and is only twenty percent contained. The fire, within parts of Yosemite National Park, has already claimed 31 homes and residents of 6,000 homes have been advised to evacuate. Red Cross workers have shelters open and is busy providing supplies and comfort to families in need. The relief operations for the Rim Fire and wildfires across California are being supported by nearly 120 Red Cross workers.

As firefighters continue to battle to contain the fires, there is still danger and many communities remain under evacuation advisories. The Red Cross stands ready to help these families should they choose to leave their homes and come to a shelter.

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In Idaho, the Red Cross also provided wildfire victims with two shelters that provided more than 150 overnight stays, 1,800 meals and snacks and 125 relief items.

If you wish to donate to the Red Cross’ relief efforts CLICK HERE

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