SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) California wildfire victims are in need of shelter, food and comfort right now. The Utah Red Cross is there trying to help. Rich Woodruff, Spokesperson for the Red Cross, joined Brian Carlson to explain how volunteers are giving aid.
The Utah Red Cross has about a dozen volunteers in California. Many have been moved from other parts of the country where needs are not as great. More Utahans are on their way to California right now, and they will be there as long as relief is needed.
A lot of residents are still missing, and many are traumatized when they come to the Red Cross to seek food and shelter. Mental health counseling is a big part of what the Red Cross offers victims of disasters. Counselors and spiritual care advisors are always on hand to provide help.
If you can’t get out to volunteer in California, the easiest way to jump in is to provide financial help. The Red Cross says this gets the help to where it’s needed most. It also gives victims warm meals. There are several ways to donate. You can text ‘CAWILDFIRES’ to 90999. Even small donations help. Other kinds of donations can be made at RedCross.Org.
You can also download a new wildfire app that will give you information before the disaster to help you prep, real-time updates during the event, and recovery information. Visit their website or an App store to download.