Arizona

Jul 2, 2013 10:33 AM by Czarina Nafarrate

Red Cross emphasizes safety during wildfires

PRESCOTT - As wildfires burn on in Arizona, hundreds of families have fled their homes.

With no food, no shelter and a difficult clean-up process ahead of them, many have turned to the Red Cross in this difficult time.

Disaster relief workers are responding by providing food, water and mental health support to evacuees at two shelters in Prescott and Wickenburg.

The Red Cross, also taking this time to remind Arizonans to be prepared with the following safety tips:

• Be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
• Plan and practice two ways out of your neighborhood in case your primary route is blocked.
• Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
• Confine pets to one room so that you can find them if you need to evacuate quickly.
• Listen and watch for air quality reports and health warnings about smoke.

According to the Red Cross, crews respond to nearly 70,000 disasters each year, including wildfires and floods. For more safety tips you can visit the American Red Cross website.

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