If your home was affected by a wildfire, do not return home until authorities say it is safe. Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, ash pits and fallen power lines. Then take these first steps to inspect your home to ensure that you and your loved ones … Continue reading Returning Home After a Wildfire
by Winnie Romeril, Red Cross Public Affairs “I never knew how hard you all work and what goes on behind the scenes. I never knew how bad it could be until I saw the problems with finding hotels for so many people at once and feeding everyone. The average person doesn’t understand all this until … Continue reading Pets Are Family Too!
Story and photo by Cindy Huge, Red Cross Public Affairs Volunteer The Alvarez family holding the handmade quilts gifted to them from Red Cross Nurse, Debby Dailey Just as she was waking up, Jessica Alvarez received a text warning to evacuate her home. Flames from the Creek Fire were bearing down on their neighborhood. A … Continue reading Desperate Mother Receives Lifesaving Help for Her Child
by Winnie Romeril, Red Cross Public Affairs As the Creek Fire swept through the Sierra Nevada foothills, many Mono tribal members, like Thomas Riley, were forced from their homes into the arms of the Red Cross. “We know so many families who have lost their homes and everything they had. Our community was hit hard,” … Continue reading Red Cross Help “A Blessing”
by Winnie Romeril, Red Cross Public Affairs “The best part is helping the pet owners. Being able to care for their animals relieves their stress so much,” explains Betty Wong, who has volunteered with the Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) since its inception in 2013. “The animals feel their owners’ stress, and we can … Continue reading Her Heart for Animals Helps Pets and Their Owners
by Cindy Huge, American Red Cross Public Affairs Volunteer “The time I spent training with the American Red Cross made me aware that wildfires and other disasters could be real events, and that one day I would be asked to respond to them,” reflects Red Cross housing supervisor Kathy Boswell on joining the organization three … Continue reading Evacuated Red Cross Volunteer Reaches Out to Help Others
A favorite recipe from one of the "crazy" cookbook lady’s 800 books. She received help from the Red Cross when evacuated from the Sequoia Complex Fire. A self proclaimed “crazy cookbook lady” who preferred not to be named, returned to the Red Cross Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) at the Porterville College parking lot in the … Continue reading Recipe for Compassion
Red Cross volunteer and retired firefighter, Jose Martinez, explains to Patricia Swick and Michelle Dungan the fire information map posted at Clovis North High School a Temporary Evacuation Point for those affected by the Creek Fire. Patricia Swick was enjoying a weekend camp-out with her family, including her three young children, when she received a … Continue reading Help for a Family Fleeing the Creek Fire
The incredibly destructive Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera Counties has impacted thousands of Central Valley residents — learn more about our Red Cross disaster relief efforts to support those affected.
If you are in good health and willing to deploy for a period of up to fourteen days to support the many shelters and evacuation sites open in Northern California, we urge you to start your training today in one of two types of volunteer roles: Shelter Services and Disaster Health Services. Shelter Services VolunteersThese volunteers support the … Continue reading Red Cross Needs Volunteers to Support Wildfire Relief in California