Good afternoon, all. Gold Country Communications Director Stephen Walsh writing to you from Bidwell Junior High School in Chico, our newest evacuation shelter for Camp Fire evacuees.
As I type this, Red Cross volunteers are setting up dozens of cots inside the school cafeteria and readying the campus for the arrival of Camp Fire evacuees.
All Red Cross shelters are accepting additional guests except Church of the Nazarene in Oroville. That location is at capacity.
Here is the updated list of our evacuation shelters in Butte County:
Bidwell Junior High School, 2376 North Ave., Chico, CA 95926
Butte County Fairground, 199 East Hazel St., Gridley, CA 95948
Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Ave., Oroville, CA 95966 (FULL)
Neighborhood Church, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd. Chico, CA 95928
Plumas County Fairground, 204 Fairground Rd., Quincy, CA 95971
If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross California Wildfire Relief effort, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
This morning’s Red Cross shelter update is coming to you from the Church of the Nazarene in Oroville. First a note of appreciation to The Salvation Army who has been here providing meals to Carr Fire evacuees. They got the morning rolling yet again by serving breakfast items as everyone started the morning watching the local news.
The Red Cross is providing shelter, food, and comfort at four shelters in Butte County. Last night, Red Cross shelters housed about 650 evacuees.
Red Cross Shelter Locations:
Butte County Fairgrounds
199 East Hazel Street
Gridley, CA 95928
Chico Elks Lodge
1705 Manzanita Avenue
Chico, CA 95926
2801 Notre Dame Blvd
Chico, CA 95929
Oroville Nazarene Church
2238 Monte Vista Avenue
Oroville, CA 95966
Red Cross shelters are open to all, regardless of race, creed, religion, or immigration status.
Evacuees are encouraged to register at the Red Cross Safe and Well website so friends and loved ones know you are safe.
Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as “safe and well” by clicking on the “Search Registrants” button. The results of a successful search will display a loved one’s first name, last name and a brief message.
Jackson, CA – Saturday, September 12, 2015 – The American Red Cross has established a public information line for inquiries from the public regarding Red Cross services during the Butte Fire.
The number to call is: (925)588-6678. The phone number is being staffed by a Red Cross volunteer. If you get a busy signal, we ask for your patience and to call back.
The three emergency evacuation shelters established by the Red Cross are located at:
- Good Samaritan Church, 4684 Baldwin St, Valley Springs
- Jenny Lynn Veterans Hall, 189 Pine Street, Valley Springs
- Jackson Rancheria Hotel and Resort – 12222 New York Ranch Rd, Jackson
We appreciate the good intentions of people who want to donate items, but financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most.
The Red Cross isn’t equipped to handle a large influx of donations such as household items, clothing or food that may or may not be useful to victims as it takes time and money to store, sort and distribute donated items. If community members still like to donate goods, we recommend they contact other organizations in their community and inquire if they are accepting donations.
“Financial donations allow us to be flexible in the help we deliver and ensure that we can provide what disaster victims need most,” said Lilly Wyatt, Director of Regional Communications with the American Red Cross Gold Country Region. “Donating is simple, just call 1-800-Red Cross or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.”
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.