Blackfeet Nation and American Red Cross of Montana Join Forces to Care for Spotted-Eagle Fire Evacuees

Browning, MT, August 28, 2015The Blackfeet Nation and American Red Cross of Montana have jointly opened a shelter in Browning for the evacuees of the Spotted-Eagle fire, which is part of the Family Peak Complex Fire. The shelter is located at 80 Heart Butte Road in Browning, MT 59417. Everyone who needs shelter from the wildfire is welcome and all services are free.

The Red Cross continues to operate a shelter in West Glacier for the evacuees of the Thompson-Divide Complex Fire. The organization is also monitoring other wildfires across Montana and has prepositioned supplies and placed disaster responders on standby in several locations.

“This is the fifth wildfire shelter that Red Cross has opened this summer in Montana alone,” says Diane Wright, executive director of Montana Red Cross. “We are grateful for our incredibly dedicated volunteers and our generous donors. Without them, our relief efforts would not be possible.”

Safe & Well

People who have been affected by a disaster can register themselves on the Red Cross Safe & Well website at redcross.org/safeandwell, to let their family and friends know that they are OK. They can also call 1-866-GET-INFO to register.

Disaster Distress Helpline

Anyone who is experiencing distress as a result of a disaster like a wildfire can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

HOW TO DONATE

You can help people affected by disasters like the Montana wildfires, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, and other emergency assistance in response to disasters. To donate, please visit www.redcross.org/montana, call 1-800-ARC-MONT (1-800-272-6668) or send a check to the American Red Cross of Montana, 1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405.

EMERGENCY APP

To have important wildfire safety information at your fingertips, download the free Red Cross Emergency App at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps. To learn more about wildfire evacuations, go to redcross.org/montana.

About the American Red Cross:
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. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.