Press Release: Red Cross Continues to Help Montanans Impacted by Fires

Red Cross Continues to Help Montanans Impacted by Fires

BILLINGS, MT (August 6, 2012) – The American Red Cross of Montana is continuing to assist those affected by wildfires around the state. One shelter remains open at St. Labre Indian School located at 1000 Tongue River Road in Ashland.

Since early June, the organization has:

  • Opened a total of 15 shelters
  • Provided more than 1,036 overnight stays to evacuees
  • Served approximately 19,600 meals and snacks to local residents and firefighters
  • Provided drinking water and other hydration fluids to over 700 firefighters
  • Distributed more than 1,500 relief items including hygiene kits and cleaning supplies
  • Deployed 9 emergency response vehicles to assist with mobile feeding, disaster assessments and information
  • Made more than 1,300 health and mental health services contacts

“This fire season has already been particularly volatile,” said Red Cross spokesperson Diane Wright. “But our volunteers are working with local, state and tribal governments to ensure that Montanans have the help they need.” Although the Red Cross is continuing to monitor the situation and assess how the organization can most effectively respond, anyone who has been affected by the recent wildfires should call (800) 272-6668 and ask to speak with the duty officer.

Those who wish to help support American Red Cross Disaster Relief in Montana and around the world can do so by visiting http://www.montanaredcross.org, calling (800) 272-6668 or mailing a check to the American Red Cross of Montana, 1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405.

If individuals have items like clothing and household goods they would like to donate, Red Cross asks that they consider instead donating these to a charity thrift store that is equipped to clean and store the items; often, the Red Cross works with charity partners in the community to connect disaster-affected residents with these resources. Or, consider having a garage sale and donating the proceeds to Red Cross.

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