Red Cross providing relief to wildfire evacuees, first responders

Hundreds evacuated from the path of the fires
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Woodward, Okla. (March 8, 2017) —- As firefighters battle wildfires in four Oklahoma counties, the American Red Cross is there to provide aid and relief to evacuees and first responders alike.

According to Kaylynne Clingerman, Disaster Program Manager for Northwest Oklahoma, the Red Cross began providing snacks, water and meals for first responders as soon as the command centers were set up to fight the fires.

“Fires have been raging in Woodward, Harper, Ellis and Beaver counties for the past three days”, she explained. The entire town of Laverne as well as other portions of Woodward County were evacuated, and the Red Cross set up an evacuation center and supported other local shelters for those people until they were able to make other living arrangements.

In addition, the Red Cross is helping the families who have lost their homes and everything they own as a result of the fires.

“We are here to provide them with those immediate disaster needs,” she said.

In addition, the Red Cross, now partnering with the Southern Baptist Men and the Salvation Army, continues to run canteens for first responders at all locations in all four counties, wherever there is a command center set up to battle the continuing fires.

“We are out there with snacks, drinks, meals or a hug, whatever they need,” Clingerman added.

If you are a fire victim and you need assistance, or if you would like to assist with the Red Cross disaster effort, call the local Red Cross office at 580-256-3828 or 1-800-REDCROSS.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/oklahoma, redcross.org or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossOK.

For more info, contact Lori Arnold McFarlane – lori.mcfarlane @ redcross.org.

 

 

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