U-Prep is Temporary Evacuation/ Fire Mobilization Center for Happy Valley Fire

The Redding Salvation Army Corps Office is mobilizing now to help Happy Valley fire victims and firefighters.

It has set up an evacuation center and fire mobilization spot at U-Prep (east of Shasta High School) on Eureka Way in Redding.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. meals will be provided for Happy Valley fire evacuees and firefighters, both at U-Prep and in the field.

Hydration and food for firefighters will be provided on a continual basis.

According to a Salvation Army press release, ongoing assistance will be provided in many areas of need for the victims/evacuees as long as necessary to provide food, shelter, clothing, and furniture relief for all that are in need from this afternoon’s fire.



Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke of the Czech Republic. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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2 Responses

  1. Avatar ReddingBob says:


    The Salvation Army does not set up shelters. Here is the process:

    1. The Sheriff decides if an evacuation shelter is needed, and if he determines that it is, then he contacts the Red Cross, which is responsible for setting up the shelter.

    2. Through cooperative agreements the Red Cross may ask the Salvation Army for feeding assistance.

    3. If the guests at the evacuation center need to spend the night, the evacuation shelter then becomes a disaster shelter, and guests are provided with cots and bedding, nursing and mental health services.

    4. When a disaster shelter has been established, all persons affected by the disaster are eligible for Red Cross services; there is never a charge for these services, which include emergency survival needs and case management services.

    While the Red Cross and the Salvation Army make a great team in a local disaster, their roles are different. The Red Cross has responsibilities mandated under law; the Salvation Army is a religious group that sees its calling as assisting the needy and supports the Red Cross in many important and vital ways.

  2. Avatar Patricia Seaton says:

    Thanks to all of the firefighters and everyone else assisting during this fire. Also, thanks to ReddingBob for clarifying what everyone's role is in assisting folks in emergency situations like these.