~Despite Evacuation Downgrades, Red Cross Shelters Remain Open~
SACRAMENTO – The American Red Cross is continuing to provide shelter and relief to residents affected by Oroville Dam Spillway evacuations despite a recent downgrade in evacuation status. Shelters will remain open for those who wish to stay outside of the evacuation zones.
As of Tuesday at noon, an estimated 4,800 people were in 28 Red Cross and community shelters. The Red Cross is currently managing four shelter locations where volunteers are providing lodging, hot meals, health services, and comfort. They are:
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
2357 Fair St.
Chico, CA 95928
Sutter High School
2665 Acacia Avenue
Sutter, CA 95982
Hammon Senior Center
1033 W. Las Palmas
Patterson, CA 95363
California State Fairgrounds – Cal Expo
1600 Expo Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
The Red Cross is also supporting multiple community shelters throughout the region by providing cots, blankets, comfort kits, and other resources.
Currently, some 130 Red Cross disaster workers are providing shelter, meals and comfort, with more workers and relief supplies on the way to the region to support this massive response. Red Cross health service volunteers in the shelters are assisting those with medical conditions and helping replace medications, one item people can forget to bring when evacuating so quickly. The Red Cross is also working with partners to provide an array of services including pet sheltering and in-kind donations from the community.
HOW TO HELP
Donations: We are thankful to those who would like to donate items for those evacuated, however the Red Cross is not equipped to manage, support, and distribute donated items. Instead, our priority is to get those affected settled at emergency shelters, and to provide supplies to meet immediate needs. Right now, the best way to help is through monetary donations.
Help people affected by disasters like floods and countless other crises by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Volunteer: The Red Cross is always accepting new volunteers who are interested in supporting disaster relief operations or other areas of interest. Visit redcross.org/volunteer to begin an application.
Follow the Red Cross Gold Country Region on social media for the latest information as it becomes available.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Gold Country Region serves a twenty-four county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/goldcountry or follow us on Twitter @RCSierraDelta.
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