Red Cross opens shelter for California residents affected by Dixie Fire

As the Dixie Fire spreads in northern California, the American Red Cross is opening a shelter in Reno for residents displaced across state lines. They also are reminding people in the surrounding areas to be prepared for wildfires and other emergencies. Current hot, dry conditions are helping fires across the state spread quickly.

Evacuation Shelter:

Red Cross has opened a shelter for evacuated residents at 315 Record St., Reno, Nevada. Small pets are being allowed in the shelter at this time.

Wildfire preparedness

Red Cross recommend that residents nearby evacuated areas have a disaster kit ready and check with local officials for the latest information about wildfires that may be prompting evacuations in their area.

Key items to include in your kit are personal protective equipment, prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and a digital copy of important documents. Don’t forget to bring special items for family members who have unique needs or for children, such as diapers, formula and toys.

The Red Cross offers a series of free mobile apps to put lifesaving safety information in the palm of your hand. Download these apps by searching for “American Red Cross” in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.

The Red Cross Emergency App can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, including wildfires.

Donations

The Red Cross thanks members of the public who have very generously offered in-kind donations of food, clothing and more. We have what we need to provide assistance at this time and cannot accept in-kind donations due to COVID-19 restrictions. One of the best ways people can help is by making a financial contribution at (800) REDCROSS or by visiting redcross.org/donate.