Second Evacuee Shelter
Sonora, CA -- A steady stream of evacuees from the Rim Fire is prompting another possible shelter to be opened. The Mother Lode Fairground is the only shelter open at this time. The Red Cross along with the Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services has begun the process setting up a second shelter. Last night 102 evacuees stayed at the shelter and tonight they expect that number to triple.
Red Cross Spokesperson Jordan Smith says, "We're expecting anywhere from 300 to 400 residents, but that could be more considering the amount that is being evacuated. We have all the supplies, volunteers and everything we need to take on as many as show up."
The Red Cross wants to remind the community that they have all of the resources necessary to meet the needs of this emergency at this time and are asking you do not bringing items directly to the shelter. If you do want to donate you can go to their website. There you can specify where you want the money to go. You can also get information on evacuating and resources that can help you.
Below are the Red Cross' tips on being prepared should you be evacuated:
• Be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
• Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
• Always back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.
• Confine pets to one room so that you can find them if you need to evacuate quickly.
• Arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relative's home outside the threatened area.
• Listen and watch for air quality reports and health warnings about smoke.
• Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in.
• Use the recycle or re-circulate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car. If you do not have air conditioning and it is too hot to stay inside with closed windows, seek shelter elsewhere.
• When smoke levels are high, do not use anything that burns and adds to indoor air pollution, such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves. Do not vacuum because it stirs up particles that are already inside your home.
• If you have asthma or another lung disease, follow your health care provider's advice and seek medical care if your symptoms worsen.
In the event you have to evacuate the area, items to consider bringing with you should include:
• Water-one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply)
• Food-non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply)
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
• Extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
• Multi-purpose tool
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family and emergency contact information
• Extra cash
• Emergency blanket
• Map(s) of the area
• Other essential items that could not be replaced if they were destroyed
Written by Tracey Petersen