Collier County Lifts Evacuation Order Red Cross Shelter Closing at 9:00 PM Tonight

Residents are advised to call FPL for any power issues and Collier County Hotline for other issues.

Naples, FL, Wednesday, March 08, 2017— Community and local American Red Cross volunteers provided care and comfort to families and first responders impacted by the wildfire that swept through areas of Collier County. As of 9:00 P.M. the shelter located at Golden Gate Community Center is closed.

“Red Cross caseworkers will meet with three families who lost their homes to help them create individual recovery plans, navigate paperwork, locate help from other agencies and provide direct financial support as needed,” said Jack Morgan, Interim Executive Director of the Florida’s Southern Gulf Coast Chapter of the Red Cross South Florida Region. “We are grateful for the brave efforts of our first responders and generosity of all residents and volunteers that helped us bring help and hope to the affected families.”

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SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR RESIDENTS WHO ARE RETURNING HOME AFTER A WILDFIRE

  • Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning.
  • Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.
  • Watch for ash pits and mark them for safety—warn family and neighbors to keep clear of ash pits also.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn your pets’ paws or hooves.
  • Wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles and put out any remaining embers.
  • Wear leather gloves, long sleeves and pants, and heavy soled shoes to protect your skin.
  • Do not enter your home until fire officials say it is safe.
  • Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and the safe use of masks.
  • Cleaning products, paint, batteries and damaged fuel containers need to be disposed of properly to avoid risk. Ensure your food and water is safe.
  • Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Do not ever use water that you think may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

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 emergencies 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.

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