Emergency sheltering and supply distribution is set to continue through the holiday weekend for those impacted by the Dec. 20 earthquake.
RED CROSS OVERNIGHT SHELTER
The Red Cross Overnight Shelter located at the Fortuna Firemen’s Pavilion, 9 Park Street, Fortuna, CA, will remain open to the community throughout the holiday weekend. Services provided at the shelter include: temporary overnight sheltering, cots and blankets, hygiene kits, snacks and full meals for overnight guests, water, charging stations and portable showers.
Additionally, the Red Cross is available to connect community members impacted by the earthquake with a variety of other services to aid in the recovery process. To learn more, contact 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800- 733-2767)
RIO DELL SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION CENTER
The emergency supplies distribution center, located at Monument Middle School, will be operating on modified hours for the holiday weekend. The center will close at 9 p.m. tonight, December 23, and will observe the following schedule for the weekend:
- Saturday, December 24: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday, December 25: Noon - 4 p.m.
The distribution center will be closed Monday, December 26, at which time the need for further operation will be assessed by city staff.
Community members impacted by the earthquake can obtain Red Cross Clean Up Kits consisting of a mop, broom, scrub brush, sponge, all purpose cleaner, gloves, mask and bucket, free of charge at Monument Middle School during distribution hours. The dumpsters designated for earthquake debris are being removed over the holiday weekend. Those with remaining excess earthquake-related debris should contact their sanitation service provider for instructions on disposal.
FOOD REPLACEMENT SERVICES
CalFresh recipients who have lost food due to the power outage or earthquake can request replacement benefits by filling out a CF 303 form on the state’s website here, by logging on to their account at Benefitscal.com or by stopping by one of DHHS’s offices.
Additional food assistance programs are available through Food for People. To find a distribution location near you, visit: https://www.foodforpeople.org/need-food
The city of Rio Dell remains under a Boil Water Advisory. If you have water, boil it for at least one minute or use bottled water for drinking and food preparation until further notice. Water is safe for bathing and non-consumption activities. For more information about boiling water and its uses, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/dwa-comm-toolbox/before/tools/What-to-Do-During-a-Boil-Water-Advisory.docx
Local businesses impacted by the earthquake are asked to complete a Business Recovery Survey created by the County’s Economic Development Department GoHumCo. This survey will be used to track, monitor and quantify business losses in Humboldt County following the earthquake.Losses will be totaled and shared with federal and state agencies as we seek outside support for our community. The survey may be accessed here: humboldtgov.org/recoverySurvey
For more business support resources visit: https://www.gohumco.com/379/Economic-Earthquake-Recovery-Response
Financial donations to assist with the response can be made directly to the following:
- Rio Dell Fire Department- Venmo: @RioDellFire-Department, GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/3036e4ec, or mailed to 50 W Center St. Rio Dell, CA 95562
- Pay it Forward Humboldt: 707-616-9191, firstname.lastname@example.org
- American Red Cross: 1-800-435-7669, redcross.org
The most important thing you can do while the community recovers is to keep informed.
For updated information regarding the Humboldt County earthquake response, please go to humboldtsheriff.org/emergency and visit @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter.