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Dump Fire Update — June 23, 2012

June 23, 2012

From the Res Cross:

The American Red Cross is on scene to support those who have been evacuated as a result of the Dump Fire in Utah County. More than 450 people received assistance at the Red Cross shelter in Saratoga Springs yesterday. All evacuees in need today are welcome.

Mandatory evacuation orders remain enforced for 395 homes in and near the cities of Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain, Utah. Voluntary evacuations for an additional 1,105 homes remain in effect this morning. Local weather shows extreme fire weather conditions will continue through the weekend.

How the Red Cross is helping (activities through 6/22/2012):

The Mt. Valley Chapter was requested to support an evacuation/ reception Center. The Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter and the Northern Utah Chapter have been providing mutual aid support. While the Mt. Valley Chapter responded initially, Regional assets are now in play.

Mass Care:
Opened a shelter at Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs. Started with a population of 200 that grew to 300 then decreased to 18 residents overnight. We are working a staffing model for a 500-person shelter. The current Shelter capacity is 500 and we have identified a Middle School next door as a backup location in the event that the fire and evacuations increase. This fire is being very unpredictable and with so many homes being evacuated we are taking all the needed measures to support any eventuality. Here are some pertinent numbers:
– 466 People registered throughout the day yesterday
– 343 have identified they have places to go
– 59 said they might come back
– 46 planning to come back
– 18 currently registered

Feeding:
We have received an outpouring of donation offers from our partners:
o Wal-Mart and Pepsi Cola have provided bottled water for first responder and shelter volunteer s and clients.
o Del Taco is donating dinners tonight
Smith’s Food and Drug Stores is donating breakfast tomorrow.
Subway is providing lunch tomorrow (as needed)
Little Caesars is donating additional food for lunch tomorrow (as needed)
We are also working with McDonalds, Artic Circle, Chick-fil-a, and Los Dos Amigos for additional food (as needed)
Southern Baptists Disaster Relief is preparing to support on Monday to cook food provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church).
The Churches of Scientology Disaster Response are available to support feeding over the next couple of days.
The Salvation Army is also available to support with feeding operations tomorrow.
Total meals yesterday –
Lunch: 234
Dinner: 236
Snacks: 700
Total: 1,170

External Relations:
Have staffed the Utah County EOC and have staffing coverage to tomorrow evening.

Have reached out to the VOAD organizations). Have also partnered with the Medical Reserve Corp to provide medical support and Utah Emergency Animal Response Coalition (UEARC) and local animal shelters to provide assistance for a 30 companion animals. UEARC has co-located with the ARC shelter to provide ongoing support.

Have provided Public Information Officers (PIOs) for the shelter and the JIC, have been tracking and posting in social media, and have provided multiple news releases to our media partners. In addition a number of media outlets have visited the shelter.

FEMA REP/ Utah Department of Emergency Management – Coordination of information and stats tracking

Logistics:
Procured 100 Cots from Provo, 100 from Price, 100 from Salt Lake and 300 from LDS Church.

600 blankets and comfort kits have all been prepositioned.

Staff Services
Currently staffing through Sunday for current operation, and will confirm the staffing schedule tomorrow for the remainder of the weekend.

Our American Red Cross will be on the ground to provide assistance as long as we are needed.

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