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Responders from the American Red Cross set up near the community of Hornbrook on Wednesday, after fire officials lifted an evacuation warning that lasted nearly six days.

Posted: Jul. 11, 2018 12:00 PM
Updated: Jul. 12, 2018 7:33 AM

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Volunteers with the American Red Cross say that they depend entirely on donations from the public to provide resources in disaster-affected areas. Donations can be made online or on the phone (1-800-435-7669), and it is possible to donate directly to your local chapter of the Red Cross to fund disaster response operations near you.

The Red Cross has provided a breakdown to NewsWatch 12 of what individual donations allow them to provide:

$2

Provides 1 snack - The snacks are provided by Red Cross workers and distributed at shelters or through mobile feeding in communities by Red Cross emergency response vehicles.

$2.50

Provides 1 comfort kit containing hygiene items - Comfort kits, stored and ready for distribution nationwide, contain the basic personal supplies someone would need in the aftermath of a disaster. The kit contains deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, facial tissues, wash cloth, shampoo, liquid soap, lotion, comb, razor and shaving cream.

$5

Provides 1 blanket - Blankets, stored and ready for distribution nationwide, are typically given to people in pairs for padding their cot in shelters and covering themselves while sleeping.

$7.50

Provides 1 comfort kit containing hygiene items and 1 blanket - Comfort kits contain the basic personal supplies someone would need in the aftermath of a disaster. The kit contains deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, facial tissues, wash cloth, shampoo, liquid soap, lotion, comb, razor and shaving cream. Blankets are typically given to people in pairs for padding their cot in a shelter and covering themselves while sleeping.

$10

Provides 1 hot meal and additional snacks to a person - These nourishing meals that include a main course, snacks and a drink are provided by Red Cross workers and distributed at shelters or through mobile feeding in communities by Red Cross emergency response vehicles.

$13.50

Provides 1 comfort kit and 1 snack to 3 people - The snacks are provided by Red Cross workers and distributed at shelters or through mobile feeding in communities by Red Cross emergency response vehicles. Comfort kits, stored and ready for distribution nationwide, contain the basic personal supplies needed by people in the aftermath of a disaster. The kit contains deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, facial tissues, wash cloth, shampoo, liquid soap, lotion, comb, razor and shaving cream.

$15

Provides 1 tarp for 1 family – Plastic tarps are multi-use items that can be provided to those affected by disaster to stand on when sifting through debris or to patch over damage to their home. This patch can act as a short-term solution for structural damage and provide immediate protection from the elements.

$20

Provides 1 of each: blanket, meal, snack and comfort kit - Blankets, stored and ready for distribution nationwide, are typically given to people in pairs for padding their cot in shelters and covering themselves while sleeping. The meals and snacks are provided by Red Cross workers and distributed at shelters or through mobile feeding in communities by Red Cross emergency response vehicles. Comfort kits, stored and ready for distribution nationwide, contain the basic personal supplies someone would need in the aftermath of a disaster. Kits contain deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, facial tissues, wash cloth, shampoo, liquid soap, lotion, comb, razor and shaving cream.

$20

Provides breakfast, lunch and dinner - During times of disaster, these prepared meals are served by Red Cross workers at shelters or Red Cross emergency response vehicles driving through neighborhoods. Every effort is taken to provide culturally appropriate food based on a community's needs.

$20

Provides comfort supplies for 2 families of 4 - These supplies are stored and ready for distribution nationwide. Comfort kits contain deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, facial tissues, wash cloth, shampoo, liquid soap, lotion, comb, razor and shaving cream.

$30

Covers the cost of a cleanup kit and comfort supplies for a family of 4 - These supplies are stored and ready for distribution nationwide. Each cleanup kit includes a sectional handle with mop, broom, squeegee and push broom heads, pail, scrub brush, sponge, disinfectant, detergent/degreaser, bleach, trash bags, gloves and dust mask. Comfort kits contain deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, facial tissues, wash cloth, shampoo, liquid soap, lotion, comb, razor and shaving cream.

$50

Provides a full day of food and shelter for 1 person - This service includes providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, the costs to mobilize and distribute a cot, two blankets and a comfort kit as well as the costs to support the Red Cross workers providing this service.

$50

Covers the cost to provide a parent with diapers, wipes and formula for an infant - The Red Cross shelter manager will take the necessary steps to make all residents comfortable in a shelter; this includes families with infants and children.

$60

Provides 1 wildfire kit for 1 person - These supplies are stored and ready for distribution nationwide. Each wildfire kit contains the basic supplies needed to search through the debris after a wildfire. The kit contains a sifter, shovel, rake, tote, dust mask, gloves, trash bags, hand wipes and sanitizer, eye drops and a tarp.

$88.50

Covers the cost to support a family of 3 for one day – This service includes providing a day’s worth of food, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus blankets and other essentials to a family in the aftermath of a disaster.

$100

Provides a crib for an infant in a shelter – The Red Cross shelter manager will take the necessary steps to make all residents comfortable in a shelter; this includes families with infants and children.

$100

Covers the cost of Red Cross cleanup kits for 5 families – These kits, stored and ready for distribution nationwide, contain items needed to begin recovery immediately after a disaster. Each kit comes with a sectional handle with mop, broom, squeegee and push broom heads, pail, scrub brush, sponge, disinfectant, detergent/degreaser, bleach, trash bags, gloves and dust mask.

$200

Provides a full day of food and shelter to a family of 4 - This service includes providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, the costs to mobilize and distribute a cot, two blankets and a comfort kit as well as the costs of Red Cross workers to provide this service.

$1000

Provides food and shelter for a family of 4 for 5 days -This service includes providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, the costs to mobilize and distribute a cot, two blankets and a comfort kit as well as the costs of Red Cross workers to provide this support.

$5000

Average cost of opening or preparing a shelter for 1 night – This service includes providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, the costs to mobilize and distribute a cot, two blankets and a comfort kit for 150 people. This figure also includes the costs of Red Cross workers to provide this support.

$7500

Average cost of fully stocking an ERV with needed supplies for 3 days - This service includes providing lunch, dinner and snacks, the travel costs to deploy 2 staff members to operate the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and vehicle maintenance and fuel costs.

 

HORNBROOK, Calif. — Just yards away from where the Klamathon Fire ripped through several dozen homes in the community of Hornbrook, aid workers from the American Red Cross are setting up to help residents sort through what remains of their town.

On Monday night, officials from CAL FIRE, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced that evacuees from Hornbrook and the communities near the Irongate Reservoir and Copco Lake would be able to return to their homes immediately following the press conference.

Some Hornbrook residents never left—preferring to stay and try to save their homes with the resources at their disposal. Others will return to find the charred remnants of their homes and belongings, but little more. More will return to houses that are thankfully still intact.

For all of them, however, the struggle is far from over.

At the last report from an official with the Hornbrook Community Services District (HCSD), homes in the town currently do not have any water. When the water does start pumping, it will be unsafe to drink or bathe with for as much as a week more.

Enter the Red Cross. They have taken up a position at the Chevron station—114 Copco Road in Hornbrook—which stands at the southwest corner of what used to be the town.

[Thor Hogenstad of the Red Cross delivers supplies in Hornbrook, California]

Red Cross workers will be providing water, comfort kits, shovels and rakes to residents to tide them over and help them get started on clean-up efforts. Those items are purchased through donations from the public.

"All of this relief, there's no government money involved in this—this is your donated dollar coming back to you. So remember that, and give generously," said Dave Maramov, a Red Cross volunteer.

According to Stephen Walsh, a Red Cross spokesman, a Local Assistance Center (LAC) will be set up in Siskiyou County soon—likely by Monday. There residents can go to find out about getting major help—financial assistance, acquiring tools for clean-up, or whatever their particular situation warrants. Information on the LAC is as follows:

Local Assistance Center - College of the Siskiyous, Rural Health & Science Building, 2001 Campus Dr., Yreka. Monday & Tuesday, July 16-17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Environmental Health Department does not recommend that property owners conduct their own cleanup due to potential health and safety hazards, but the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services posted a statement today with precautions that should be taken for residents who are likely to undertake that effort nonetheless.

CLICK HERE for the current state of evacuation orders and warnings due to the Klamathon Fire.

You can find out more about the Red Cross and how to be prepared for fire disasters below:

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