The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is continuing to provide assistance to the hundreds of residents affected by the explosion in San Bruno on September 9. In addition to providing shelter for the displaced residents, Red Cross caseworkers have been meeting with the more than 100 residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged to offer assistance for their long-term recovery.
Last night, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and its partners were able to find hotel rooms for all remaining individuals affected by the fire. Red Cross shelters are now closed.
At the local area assistance center, Red Cross volunteers are meeting with residents to determine their needs for long-term assistance and help them to develop recovery plans.
The Red Cross has partnered with several organizations to provide the assistance these residents require, including county social service agencies, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, AT&T, California Casualty Insurance, Gap Inc., IDEAL Restoration, North Peninsula Neighborhood Services, PG&E, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, Salvation Army, Tzu Chi Foundation. The local area assistance network is open today from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. It will remain open for the same hours on Sunday.
The Red Cross is also preparing to distribute snacks, drinks and cleaning kits to residents as they are allowed back into the affected neighborhoods. The cleaning kits contain mops, brooms, bleach, buckets, masks, shovels, rakes and other materials necessary for cleaning. Red Cross volunteers and faith-based partners will also be conducting outreach in the neighborhoods to provide emotional support as residents return to the homes.
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by the donations of time and money by people in the Bay Area. If you are interested in helping residents affected by home fires and other local emergencies, please call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit www.redcrossbayarea.org.