RED CROSS NEWS RELEASE
The American Red Cross opened a shelter this evening at Smith Valley Baptist Church at 888 Hudson Way, Smith Valley, to support the residents in Lyon County who have been evacuated from their homes due to the Bison fire.
The Red Cross shelter is being operated by American Red Cross volunteers and staff members who are providing cots, blankets, food, counseling, support and other necessities for the residents.
On average, the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross responds to a residential fire every 48 hours, day and night. Volunteers are on call to respond to a home fires as well as wildfires 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
All assistance provided by the Red Cross is an outright gift, made possible entirely by contributions from the caring citizens of Northern Nevada.
Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer and helping residents impacted by disaster in Northern Nevada can click the Volunteer link at redcross.org/northernnevada. Please feel free to contact the Red Cross office at 775.856.1000 during business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, if you have any questions or need additional information.
The American Red Cross Northern Nevada chapter area covers 87,000 square miles with a population of more than 670,000 people. Our chapter territory is from Tonopah north, with our main chapter in Reno and branch offices in Elko, Incline Village and Winnemucca. 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.