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Red Cross responds to massive California wildfire

The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those affected by the McKinney Wildfire in California, even as we prepare to expand relief efforts if needed.

The McKinney Fire north of Sacramento near the Oregon border has burned more than 57,000 acres in Siskiyou County in just days and is 0% contained. Thousands of people were forced from their homes and more than 100 structures burned down. It is essential that those in the path of wildfires listen to the advice of local authorities and evacuate immediately if asked to do so. Information on forest fire safety is available here.

This devastating wildfire – along with the deadly floods in Kentucky, heavy rains in Missouri and recent heat waves – are clear examples of how more intense weather disasters are happening more often and leaving behind ravages. Over the past two years, on average, the Red Cross has responded to a new major disaster every 10 days. We see firsthand how families and communities are suffering and relying on us for help – with our volunteers continually on the ground, setting up shelters, organizing hot meals and providing comfort to those forced from their homes. .

RED CROSS RESPONSE Skilled Red Cross disaster workers are providing a safe place to stay, food to eat and helping people cope as they wait for news on whether they will have a home to return to. They also replace prescription drugs, eyeglasses or essential medical equipment, such as canes and wheelchairs, that have been abandoned in a rush to get to safety.

On Tuesday evening, the Red Cross and our partners cared for more than 70 people seeking refuge from the McKinney fire. Some evacuees choose to stay in RVs, cars or tents. Anyone affected by the fires is encouraged to stop at a shelter for a hot meal and access to other resources. Shelters for pets and livestock are available nearby.

FIND A SHELTER To find an open shelter, go to the nearest temporary evacuation point, visit redcross.org or view open shelters through the Red Cross emergency app. If you don’t have access to a computer or smart phone, call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) to be connected to your local chapter. Otherwise, try calling 211, if this service is available in your area, or your local emergency management office. If you are evacuating with pets, please consider contacting the Red Rover organization; they are equipped to help organize animals in need of shelter or relocation: redrover.org.

FIND RELATIVES If you are unable to locate or connect with a loved one who has been affected by the wildfires, your local Red Cross may be able to help you locate them. If your missing loved one is elderly, has a functional or access need, suffers from a medical or mental condition, or has difficulty understanding English, you can contact your local Red Cross for assistance. If your loved one lived in the same home as you before the wildfire or is a member of the military community, please contact your local Red Cross for assistance.

YOU CAN HELP people affected by disasters such as fires, floods and countless other crises by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your donation is a commitment to help those in need, and every donation counts. Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters, big or small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS HELP Generous donations from members of the annual Red Cross Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Response Program enable the American Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters, large and small, to intervene when and where disasters strike and to support families during the recovery process.

The members of the $1 million ADGP are: Amazon; American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Bank of America; Best buy; Caterpillar Foundation; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Wholesale Costco; Delta Airlines; Elevance Health Foundation; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; McDonald’s Corporation; Microsoft Corp. ; National Foundation; PayPal; PetSmart charities; The Starbucks Foundation; State Farm; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Truist Foundation; VSP Vision; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; and Wells Fargo.

Members of the $500,000 ADGP are: Altria Group; Aon; Bread Financial; Calmoseptine, Inc.; Capital 1; CarMax; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Darden Foundation; Delta Dental Community Care Foundation; general dollar; Edison International; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; Fox Company; General Motors; The Home Depot Foundation; International Paper; The JM Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; The Kroger Co. Foundation; Mutual freedom of insurance; Lockheed Martin Company; MasterCard; Merck; Mondelēz International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; Organon; PepsiCo Foundation; selling power ; Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation & Southeastern Grocers, home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie; Stanley Black & Decker; Target; The companies TJX, Inc.; Toyota; United Airlines; UPS; USAA; Visa Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; and the Wawa Foundation.

Members of the Disaster Response Program are: 7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; The AES company; American Express; Ameriprise Financial; Assuring; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; Barclays; Big 5 Sporting Goods; CDW; Choice Hotels International; Cisco Foundation; NAC insurance; The Coca-Cola Company; CSX; The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation; Discover; Duke Energy; Dutch Bros Foundation; Fair; FirstEnergy Corporation; Gopuff; Port Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; HCA Health; Hewlett Packard Corporate Foundation; HP Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation; The Labcorp Charitable Foundation; Lenovo Foundation; LHC Group; Major League Baseball; Marathon Petroleum Foundation, Inc.; Martin Marietta; Mattress business; McKesson; MetLife Foundation; Neiman Marcus Group; NextEra Energy, Inc.; Northrop Grumman; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Former Dominion Freight Line; Pacific Life Foundation; Procter & Gamble; financial prudential; Raytheon Technologies; Reckitt; Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Project, a New Venture Fund project; Ross Stores Foundation; Ryder System, Inc.; San Manuel Mission Band of Indians; the Lending Hand Foundation of Security Finance; ServiceNow; South West Airlines; Tata Consulting Services; U-Haul International; American Bank Foundation; and Zurich.