The American Red Cross is helping people in Tennessee where raging wildfires have forced them from their homes.
Strong winds are fanning the flames, which have affected as many as 100 homes so far, along with hotels, schools and other facilities in Sevier County. The wildfire is burning in the vicinity of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where as many as 14,000 people were asked to evacuate. Red Cross workers opened three shelters where 1,200 people spent Monday night. The Red Cross is also providing meals and snacks and public health workers in the area are available for health services.
Numerous wildfires are also burning in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Colorado and the Red Cross is preparing to respond if necessary.
EMERGENCY APP People should download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to advice on what to do in emergencies and disasters including wildfires. You’ll find tips on how to plan ahead in case a wildfire threatens. The app also contains weather alerts, life-saving information and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy-to-use app for mobile devices.