The Red Cross has set up two Temporary Evacuation Points, where volunteers are providing information on available resources, water, and more.
- Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Rd, Mariposa, CA 95338
- Clovis North High School at 2770 E. International Ave, Fresno, CA 93730
When evacuees come here they will be given snacks and water, and our volunteers will talk with them to identify their sheltering needs, if they pets, or if they have an special circumstances we need to be aware of. Our first priority is to try to hotel people. However if that is not possible we will open a congregate shelter with intense safety measures in place. We have licensed health and mental health professionals on site assisting with activities of daily living, personal assistance services, providing health education and helping to replace medications, durable medical equipment or consumable medical supplies.
The Red Cross delivers help to anyone regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or citizenship status. People who have disaster-caused needs do not need to be American citizens to access Red Cross services, and government agencies, such as ICE, do not have access to our shelters. English and Spanish-speaking staff will be there to make these safe, supportive places for all. Everyone is welcome at the Red Cross.
For animal sheltering, Central California Animal Disaster Team is sheltering small pets at these sites. You can support their efforts at https://ccadt.org/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CCADT1
The Red Cross continues to deliver critical services to your community during this wildfire, but we urgently need people to join as a volunteer in the following areas:
Disaster Shelter Team
These volunteers support the day-to-day activities within a shelter which may include working in reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information or other areas inside a Red Cross shelter. Because COVID-19 safety protocols require additional shelter locations to open to in order to make sure people can stay at least six feet apart, more shelter services volunteers are needed to begin their training now.
Disaster Health Services Team
If you are a licensed medical professional, you can serve as a health care worker to provide assistance and healthcare to shelter residents. This could include assisting with activities of daily living, personal assistance services, providing health education and helping to replace medications, durable medical equipment or consumable medical supplies in a shelter. Licenses required: RN, LPN, LVN, EMT, Paramedic, MD, DO, PA, NP, APRN.
What Does Volunteering on These Teams Look Like?
Due to an active wildfire season and the complexities of COVID-19, the Red Cross will need hundreds of local volunteers to care for people when disasters strike this upcoming season in Central California. Here’s what it involves:
- Completing a volunteer application at redcross.org/volunteertoday & authorizing a background check
- Taking 3 hours of online training to be ready to volunteer in at a COVID-19 shelter assignment
- Availability to work multiple shelter shifts during a 2-week disaster timeline
- Volunteer shifts can be 4, 8, or 12 hours (it used to be 12 hours minimum)
- Compassion and willingness to roll up your sleeves to help your community
We care about your health and well-being, so please review the CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your health care provider and follow local guidance to assure you would be a fit for these roles. We are taking all safety precautions possible during this pandemic and practicing how we will set up our operations. All new volunteers must complete our COVID-19 Interview before volunteering in person (see attached). To apply visit: redcross.org/volunteertoday
Make a Donation:
You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by the California wildfires. Visit redcross.org, call 800-RED-CROSS or text the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other assistance.
- Ensure your donation helps people affected by the California wildfires by choosing that option on redcross.org/donate or 800-RED-CROSS.