Red Cross Continues to Respond as Bomb Cyclone Impacts California

This information was last updated on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8:00 a.m. Please check back regularly for updates.

Flooding, along with the potential for power outages and landslides, will impact the state through this weekend into next week. The American Red Cross has mobilized resources and is collaborating with government and community partners to respond to this storm. Nearly 400 Red Cross workers from across the country, along with shelters and supplies, have been activated to accommodate residents evacuated from their homes.

This online story map offers a look at the ongoing response to California floods; this map is updated as more information and stories from the ground are available.

Statewide Red Cross, County and Partner Shelter Information by County:

Everyone is welcome at a Red Cross shelter. All Red Cross disaster assistance is free. Current list denotes open shelters managed and/or supported by the Red Cross, county or community partners.

  • Amador County
    • Evelynn-Bishop Hall (located in Charles Howard Park)
      • 701 CA-124, Ione, CA 95640. MAP
  • Santa Clara County
    • Seven Trees Community Center
      • 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose, CA 95111. MAP
    • Camden Community Center
      • 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124. MAP
    • San Martin Lions Club
      • 12415 Murphy Avenue, San Martin, CA 95046. MAP
  • San Mateo County
    • San Mateo County Event Center
      • 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403. MAP
  • Santa Cruz County
    • Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds – JJ Crosetti Building, Fine Arts and Harvest Hall
      • 2601 E. Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076. MAP
    • Cabrillo College – Cafeteria
      • 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003. MAP
  • Merced County
    • Merced County Fairgrounds – Yosemite Hall, Half Dome Hall, Pavilion Hall
      • 900 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Merced, CA 95341.MAP
    • Merced County Spring Fair
      • 403 F Street, Los Banos, CA 93635. MAP
    • Atwater City Community Center
      • 760 E. Bellevue Road, Atwater, CA 95301. MAP
  • Monterey County
    • Prunedale Grange Hall
      • 17890 Moro Road, Salinas, CA 93907. MAP
    • Monterey County Fairgrounds-Monterey Hall
      • 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940. MAP
    • King City High School
      • 720 Broadway Street, King City, CA 93930. MAP
    • Sherwood Hall
      • 940 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906. MAP
  • Sacramento County
    • California State Fairgrounds-Cal Expo
      • 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815. MAP
  • Stanislaus County
    • Yolo Middle School
      • 901 Hoyer, Newman, CA 95360. MAP
  • Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Tulare and Ventura Counties

Click here for an updated list of all shelters.

Safety Information and How You Can Help 

Pack your emergency kit, know your routes and destinations, and listen to the advice of emergency officials. Download the free Red Cross Emergency app for real-time weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and expert advice on storms and flooding. Search “American Red Cross” wherever you download apps or go to redcross.org/apps

Flooding Safety

  • Stay off the roads and away from floodwaters. If you must drive, avoid flooded roadways. If power lines are down, call 9-1-1 and don’t approach or step in any puddles or standing water near the downed lines. 
  • Follow evacuation orders and don’t return home until officials say it is safe to do so. 
  • Use caution when cleaning up your home and wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and boots. Throw out items that absorb water and can’t be disinfected, and dispose of all food, drinks and medications that have either spoiled or been damaged. 
  • For more information, visit redcross.org/flood

Landslide Safety 

  • Stay informed about the risk of landslides in your area. Most landslides are caused by events like heavy rain, snowmelt, earthquakes or wildfires. 
  • If you suspect you are in danger, evacuate immediately. Take your pets with you, inform your neighbors and contact emergency officials. 
  • Listen for unusual sounds like trees cracking or boulders knocking together that could indicate moving debris. 
  • For more information, visit redcross.org/landslide

Blood During Disasters 

  • The Red Cross is working to maintain a stable blood supply amid the threat of storms and winter weather across the country, as severe weather often causes widespread blood drive cancellations. Where it is safe to do so, we encourage donors to make and keep blood donation appointments by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Help Those in Need 

You can help people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767), or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

Sign Up to Volunteer 

While volunteering needs are in flux as the current weather event passes through our region, we are likely going to need more volunteers to support our response in the coming days. Be on the lookout for more information on ways you can help as needs evolve! 

Stay Up-to-Date on Social Media 

Updated information on the Red Cross response to this storm, and preparedness information is continually updated on regional social media channels. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ARCGoldCountry. We’re on LinkedIn here.

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American Red Cross California Gold Country Region

The California Gold Country Region serves a twenty-six county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties

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