CHICO, Calif. - We are just at the beginning of what Cal Fire crews anticipate will be another active wildfire season.
The question now - how might the coronavirus pandemic impact those forced into a Red Cross shelter during an emergency?
In most cases, people are packed into one large shelter space. But under stay-at-home orders the Red Cross plans to house people in hotels so everyone can isolate. If that is not an option, the Red Cross will continue to house people at local fairgrounds or high schools.
But agency reps say they will be more limited, placing fewer than 50 people inside each shelter. And each evacuee will be at least six feet apart from one another.
Action News Now talked with Nuriddin Ziyadinov, a Northern California Red Cross executive director, about emergency preps.
"Everyone one of our clients will have face masks before anyone goes into our general shelter," Ziyadinov said. "They will go through screening through nurses maybe through public health assistance and from the county that we will have."
Areas, where people can get food, will also be spaced out to maintain social distancing.
The Red Cross has assured that if shelters are in capacity then they will actively find more buildings to house people.
The top three things the Red Cross advises people to have before going to a shelter include: Making sure to have medication, any necessary paperwork, and have a safe plan to evacuate.
The Red Cross is also looking for donations and volunteers, if you're interested, CLICK HERE.