American Red Cross closing evacuation center near Hot Springs

Aug. 13

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – The evacuation shelter in Hot Springs is closing. The Red Cross is ready to re-open the shelter or provide other assistance if needed.


Aug. 11

The American Red Cross is opening an evacuation center for those displaced by a fire near Hot Springs.

Anyone affected by the fire can go to the Mueller Civic Center located at 801 S. Sixth Street in Hot Springs. The Red Cross is working with emergency officials to support the community and will continue to provide assistance as needed.

WILDFIRE SAFETY Our region is at risk for wildfires every year, so it is particularly vital that we are prepared to keep our community safe. Taking a few moments to discuss these simple preparedness steps with your family can save your life and the lives of the ones you love:

  • Create and Practice a Home Wildfire Plan – Learn about wildfire risks in your area. Talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a wildfire occurs. Select a place for family members to meet outside your neighborhood in case you cannot get home or need to evacuate. Identify two routes out of your neighborhood in case the primary route is blocked.
  • Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit – Pack a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and manual can opener, bottled water, maps of the area, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries. Include essential legal and identifying documents in your kit in the event that you must quickly evacuate. Set aside household items that can be used as fire tools (e.g. a rake, ax, shovel, bucket, chain or hand saw).
  • Heed News Reports – Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated wildfire information. Be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice as wildfires can be unpredictable. Contain pets to one room so you can find them quickly.
  • Prepare Your Home – Select building materials and plants that resist fire. Regularly clean your roof and gutters to remove flammable debris. Identify and maintain an adequate water source outside your home to saturate your home’s perimeter if needed.