WATSONVILLE — Two teams of local volunteers were headed to Arizona Friday to assist those affected by the wildfires that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes and killed 19 firefighters.
Leonard Davis of Santa Cruz, Jon Hammond of Martinez, Devinder Khanna of Watsonville and Howard Yancey of Felton planned to depart from the American Red Cross’ Salinas office in an emergency response vehicle Friday afternoon. Ellen Dellamora of Santa Cruz will also be headed to Arizona in an emergency response vehicle.
Each vehicle can provide up to 3,000 meals a day when fully loaded, and also can be used to assist with distribution of goods and supplies.
The volunteers will meet up with other volunteers at the temporary headquarters the Red Cross has set up in Prescott, Ariz., said spokeswoman Cynthia Shaw.
There the volunteers will be loading the vehicles up with supplies, including food, water and medical supplies to distribute as residents begin returning to the devastated areas, said Shaw, a regional director for the Red Cross in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A total of 18 volunteers from the Bay Area, Santa Cruz County and Silicon Valley chapters of the organization have been deployed to the Grand Canyon State in the past few days, Shaw said.
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