Wildfires in the western United States are wreaking havoc and driving thousands of people to flee their homes towards safety. California has been hit the hardest, although serious fires are also raging in Washington, Utah and Texas. Throughout all these regions the Red Cross is on hand providing emergency shelters, meals, relief supplies and health services, as well as much needed emotional comfort and support.
What you can do to stay safe
For those in the path of the fire it’s crucial that you do what’s needed to keep you and your family safe. Download the free Red Cross Emergency App and have access to real time information on shelter locations, weather alerts, preparedness information and critical safety tips.
The Emergency App contains expert advice detailing what you should do during a wildfire, flood, tornado, or other disaster. You will also find emergency first aid and life saving information for a variety of situations including heart attacks and heat-related emergencies, as well as important water safety tips.
The Red Cross Emergency App is free and can be downloaded for smartphones and tablets, and has the added benefit of pre-loaded content – that means that you can access this information at any time – with or without mobile connectivity. You can download the Emergency App from your app store, or find it by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.
The Red Cross also offers “Be Red Cross Ready – Wildfire Safety Checklist” – another great resource on how to get prepared prior to fire season, what to do when fires are reported in your area, and how to stay safe when returning to your home after a wildfire. Check out Be Red Cross Ready to access this important information.
How you can help
People need your help now. There are several ways to donate to the Red Cross in Southern Nevada you can call (702) 791-3311. You can also visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross understands the importance of donor intent. Any designated funds raised beyond what is needed for emergency relief will go to serving the recovery and disaster preparedness needs of the affected communities.
By making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief you enable the Red Cross to do the important work of preparing for, and responding to, those facing disasters. Your donations not only help people affected by disasters like wildfires, but the nearly 70,000 other disasters the Red Cross handles, every year, throughout the country.