The following is a news release from the Montana Red Cross:
Montana Red Cross has opened a shelter in Superior to accommodate the evacuees from the Mullan Fire near Superior. The shelter is located in Superior Elementary School, 1003 5th Ave E, Superior, MT 59872.
“Anyone who has been evacuated due to the wildfire is welcome in our shelter,” says Rod Kopp, CEO of Montana Red Cross. “A team of volunteers is ready to welcome those affected with food and refreshments, a safe place to sleep, and emotional support.”
Montana Red Cross recommends several steps to make the evacuation process as safe and comfortable as possible:
- If you need to evacuate, do so immediately. You may have only minutes to act. Protect yourself and your family members.
- Follow the route and directions provided by local emergency officials. It’s important that you do not detour from the route provided by officials – it is the safest route!
- Lock your home – Others may evacuate after you or return before you. Secure your house as you normally would.
- Wear protective clothing. Including sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen long pants and a long-sleeved shirt to protect your skin from hot embers, and gloves. Take a dry handkerchief to protect your face. Smoke can make it difficult to breathe, damaging breathing passages or triggering respiratory distress.
- Take your pets with you. If it is not safe for you, it is not safe for them. Red Cross emergency shelters cannot accept pets unless they are service animals, but the Superior Fairgrounds will accommodate your pets until it is safe to return home. Family, friends, pet-friendly motels and boarding facilities can possibly shelter your animals also.
- Take your Emergency Preparedness Kit. Having items such as prescription medications, copies of identification and important paperwork, non-perishable food, bottled water and a supply of cash already assembled will make you more comfortable and confident while you are away from home.
- Register with the Red Cross Safe and Well Web site. If you are affected by a wildfire, this public site provides a way for you to register yourself and communicate your well-being to your family members. You can input information directly, or, via phone, ask a loved one to register your well-being for other family members and loved ones to access. The site is accessible via www.redcross.org.
- Download the Red Cross Wildfire, Shelter, and First Aid apps. The free apps put expert advice for everyday emergencies at someone’s fingertips. The apps are available for direct download from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.
- Keep listening for updates, as the intensity and the path of the wildfire can change quickly, and without notice.
Residents who have not yet been evacuated but whose homes may be at risk should prepare for evacuation now.