As people evacuated homes due to the Avila Fire, Red Cross volunteers set up to help residents affected by the fire.
About a dozen people utilized the services provided by the organization Tuesday evening.
Officials say events like these are a reminder about the importance of having an emergency plan in place.
"Your emergency plan might look a little different because maybe your plan was to see grandma. What other family member are you going to stay with? Are you going to come to the Red Cross, are you going to get a hotel, what does that look like for your family? Is your emergency kit up to date? Do you have all those essential items? extra hand sanitizers, face masks?” said Nicole Maul with the Red Cross.
She says preparedness is key in situations like these.
The Red Cross, even during the pandemic, can provide support beyond just food and water.