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by Patricia Kemp, Red Cross volunteer For residents evacuated to Middletown Middle School during the Mendocino Complex Fire, the barking and meows of more than
But as she recounts being evacuated for the first time, it’s clear that Rose sees the glass as half full.
A tired Rose Santana went from table to table at the crowded Local Assistance Center (LAC) in Lucerne on Monday. She was looking for help and getting it.
[August 17, 2018] Connie Sager didn’t hesitate when her phone started buzzing Aug. 3 with evacuation alerts. She scooped up her tiny dog, Taz, and headed for safe shelter. It was the third time this year Connie fled wildfires. But this time she had no home to return to in Spring Valley.
[August 13, 2018] As communities across Lake County transition from response to recovery for the Mendocino Complex Fire, the American Red Cross would like to share its gratitude to all our partners that have worked so hard to care for the thousands of people impacted by this disaster over the past two weeks.
[August 11, 2018] Every disaster seems to generate an avalanche of goods donations from the public, thanks to heart-wrenching appeals and visuals of people fleeing their homes with next to nothing. But can there be too much of a good thing?
[August 11, 2018] On the menu for lunch on Monday, August 6th for Red Cross shelters serving the evacuees of the Mendocino Complex Fire: 1,000 servings of non-spicy vegetable Thai curry and mixed green salad – the first of many meals coming their way from the World Central Kitchen, launched by famed Chef José Andrés after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
[August 10, 2018] Lake County has been struck by four years of unprecedented wildfires. Each time tragedy has struck, this community responded heroically. Your Red Cross team, of mostly volunteers, has been honored to be here to serve alongside this community during each one of these emergencies.
[August 8, 2018] The Red Cross shelters at Middletown High and Middle Schools doesn’t need to broadcast popular cartoons or the latest superhero films, not with six-year-old Ben Hodgen Jr. in the house.
[August 8, 2018] Some 13 pallets of canned water donated by Anheuser-Busch to the Red Cross in its response to the Mendocino Complex wildfires arrived in Middletown on Monday.
[August 6, 2018] “We had the car packed and all the kids’ stuff loaded,” he said Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after he and his family fled the town he’s called home for eight years. A resident for a dozen years in this county where some say wildfires “are the new normal,” Peterson said the urgent departure marked his first-ever evacuation.
[August 5, 2018] When Lakeport residents Dean and Patricia Ebbeson evacuated to a Red Cross shelter after fleeing the Mendocino Complex Fire, they found safety and comfort amid an almost celebratory atmosphere, and also came across valuable new military veteran benefits.
[August 5, 2018] On his final day of work in his 39-year career, Jim Camarillo of Menlo Park rose early to join other volunteers at the American Red Cross shelter at the Twin Pines Casino in Middletown, where nearly 100 men, women and children had taken refuge the night before from the ravages of the Mendocino Complex fire.
[August 4, 2018] Many first-time Lake County fire evacuees sought shelter at the American Red Cross shelter at Middletown High School during the Mendocino Complex Fire.
[August 4, 2018] Some of Lake County’s most ardent Red Cross volunteers are among the region’s residents most familiar with its disaster threats and those ready to lend a hand to others. Take Deborah Smith, Lower Lake shelter site supervisor, whose own Buckingham Park home was under advisory evacuation because of the Mendocino Complex Fire. She nevertheless offered lodging this week to fellow Red Crosser, Jeff Plank, evacuated from his Upper Lake home.
[August 2, 2018] With hundreds seeking Red Cross help as Northern California wildfires have forced residents to evacuate, the American Red Cross is offering a one-stop Volunteer Intake Center (VIC) in the Lake County community of Middletown from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, August 4. Maybe longer.