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American Red Cross Monitoring Arizona Wildfires

Sedona AZ (June 12, 2017)The American Red Cross is currently monitoring the state wildfires and has mobilized to respond to community needs. In southern Arizona, the Red Cross has closed the shelter in Elfrida, Arizona, however, Red Cross volunteers remain poised to respond in support of any wildfires burning in the area.

The American Red Cross of Northern Arizona is assisting fire management at the Boundary Fire and is actively monitoring the Highline Fire. Volunteers at the Greater Phoenix Chapter continue to prepare for sheltering operations and possible deployments around the state.

Red Flag weather conditions and the start of the monsoon season can create extremely volatile fire and flooding conditions.

With pre-evacuation orders in some areas, the Red Cross recommends the following steps to make the evacuation process as easy as possible:

If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. You may have only minutes to act.

Wear protective clothing—sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen clothing, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, and a handkerchief to protect your face. Hot embers or cinders can burn your skin. Smoke can make it difficult to breathe, damaging breathing passages.

Take a Disaster Supplies Kit: Having items such as copies of important paperwork, nonperishable food, bottled water, prescription medications, and a supply of cash will make you more comfortable while you are away from home.

Take your pets with you. Do not leave your pets behind unless absolutely necessary. If you must leave your pets, leave a three-day supply of food and water out for them.

Lock your home. There may be others who evacuate after you or return before you. Secure your house as you normally would.

Tell someone outside of the wildfire area where you are going. Relatives and friends will be concerned about your safety. Letting someone know your travel plans will help relieve their fear and anxiety. Register at the Red Cross Reception Center/Shelter or on the Red Cross “Safe and Well” website so family members can check your status.

Follow the route and directions provided by emergency officials in charge of the evacuation.  It is important that you do not deviate from the route provided by officials – it is the safest route.

The Red Cross also has additional resources in the form of safety tips, checklists, wildfire news updates and a list of red cross open shelters in their free mobile Wildfire App and Emergency App. The apps can be found at www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides  humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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