• Monterey Bay Volunteer Deployed to Provide Disaster Relief in Arizona

    While most of the country is enjoying the 4th of July holiday weekend, people in the path of the Arizona wildfires are taking refuge in American Red Cross shelters, hoping when the fires are over they find their homes still standing.

    Early Sunday morning American Red Cross Monterey Bay Chapter will senda local volunteer, Marta Bennett of Carmel, to Arizona to provide emotional support to those affected by the raging wildfires.

    In the past two days, the Gateway to the Golden State Region has deployed a total of 23 local volunteers to Arizona –12 from the Bay Area Chapter, four from the Silicon Valley Chapter, six from the Santa Cruz County Chapter, and one from the Monterey Bay Chapter. Five local Emergency Response Vehicles left Friday or Saturday from the American Red Cross Fairfield, Oakland, San Jose, and Salinas offices.


    The Red Cross has shelters open and is assisting people affected by the various wildfires providing shelter, food, and emotional support.  Red Cross volunteers also help those who left home without prescription medications, eye glasses, or other medical needs. There will be counselors and case workers to help evacuees plan their next steps, from how to get smoke out of their homes to where to turn if their home was one of the hundreds destroyed.


    According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there are 129 new fires burning, including 31 large fires, which are not contained. Fires are affecting people in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, California, and Nevada. A new fire in Mojave County, Arizona, has consumed more than 3,000 acres and forced more than 1,200 people from their homes.


    The Red Cross Safe and Well website is available to let loved ones search to see if their loved ones are safe. You can register or search three ways:

    ·         From a computer: visit redcross.org

    ·         From a smart phone: visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell

    ·         Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


    Make a donation by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the national office, American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 6, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News


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