Red Cross supporting Wildfire Relief Efforts in Northwest Nebraska Feeding & Sheltering Operations Continue

CHADRON, Neb., AUG. 31, 2012— Red Cross workers are supporting the tremendous wildfire relief efforts in Northwest Nebraska (Area 23).  Volunteers and staff have been helping residents and the many volunteer fire departments who are responding since opening a shelter at St. Patrick’s (Assumption Area), 340 Cedar St., Chadron on Wednesday.  With no residents requesting an overnight stay, that shelter is now on standby status.  A second shelter opened in Sheridan County in Rushville at the Baptist Church 218 East 8th St. at 6 a.m. today to support first responders who will be rotating off the fire line.  The Red Cross team is working with partners and local donors to provide three meals a day and a safe place to rest and sleep.  Volunteers Del Hessey and Brenda Beliel of Chadron and Red Cross Executive Richard Smith of Rapid City, SD are on the scene.
 
As responders continue to battle the blaze, the Red Cross is reaching out to those whose homes were affected. Case work volunteers are meeting with affected residents to provide food, shelter, comfort and care as needed. Residents affected by the wildfires are urged to call toll-free (888) 382-3790 to talk with one of our trained volunteers.  Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide meals and shelter at multiple sites where responders can escape the intensity of the sun and flames to rehydrate and refuel.  The Red Cross is working with multiple community partners to provide support.
 
You can help people affected by disasters such as floods, tornadoes, fires and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. To make a donation, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767); people can also text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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