Red Cross volunteers respond as natural disasters continue

Alicia Farmer
December 8, 2017

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross is sending a volunteer from Tucson to assist with the Southern California wildfires Thursday morning.

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"You get your phone call; "Hey Bob, can you leave the next day?' And it's like, 'um, I think so" and you figure it out", said Bob Domanico, a Red Cross volunteer who is heading to California.

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According to the Red Cross officials, the reason for the pull of volunteers in the Midwest has a lot to do with specifically trained staff.

The fires are threatening thousands of homes and evacuations have been ordered for 140,000 residents. Overnight Wednesday, nearly 430 people took refuge from the fires in seven Red Cross shelters. Unsafe fire conditions are expected to be a threat for Southern California for much of this week.

Red Cross said more than 430 people spent the night in the shelters Tuesday.

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