The Red Cross Responds to Major Wildfire in Collier County.

Naples, FL, Tuesday, March 07, 2017— Local American Red Cross volunteers are responding to help families and first responders impacted by the wildfire that is sweeping through areas of Collier County.

“Our first priority is making sure the affected families and individuals have a safe place to go,” said Jack Morgan, Interim Executive Director of the Florida’s Southern Gulf Coast Chapter of the Red Cross South Florida Region. “The Red Cross is helping now and we will continue to be there for as long as necessary.”

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Volunteers are providing meals and hydration to First Responders and residents impacted in Collier County.

A volunteer team of 15 Disaster Specialists have been providing hydration and over 500 meals to as many as 430 first responders and area residents at two reception centers that were opened at Golden Gate Community Center and Eagle Lakes Park. The Red Cross has additional volunteers ready to open additional reception centers, which could be transitioned into overnight shelters where people can find a safe place to stay, food, water, access to basic first aid services and emotional support.

The National Weather Service in Miami, FL informed that a Dense Smoke Advisory has been extended for Collier County through 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and coordinating closely with local officials to ensure more help is available if needed. Area residents are encouraged to stay informed and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

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DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do and how to stay safe during wildfires and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available at the Google Play and Apple stores by searching for the American Red Cross or at redcross.org/apps.

HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like wildfires and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.

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