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American Red Cross of Bay Area
January 31, 2008
The American Red Cross Bay Area is opening a shelter today at noon for residents displaced by the 85-unit apartment fire in Daly City, Calif. this morning. The shelter is located at Albert M. Teglia Community Center at 285 Abbot Avenue in Daly City. The shelter is equipped with cots and blankets, and the Red Cross will be serving meals to families affected by the blaze. The shelter will remain open until water and electricity are restored and city officials provide permission for residents to return to their homes.
The Red Cross has been on-site since shortly after the fire started this morning to provide blankets, food and mental health services to affected families.
Any residents affected by the fire may contact 1-888-4-HELP-BAY for assistance.
For those who are interested in helping the victims of this and other emergencies, please call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY or visit www.redcrossbayarea.org.
About the American Red Cross Bay Area
Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, your American Red Cross Bay Area helps residents in six counties prepare for disaster, recover from them and connect U.S. military families torn apart by war, terrorism and natural tragedy. The American Red Cross’s more than 3,000 personnel, 97 percent of which are volunteers, are all dedicated to saving lives. Every year, ARCBA mobilizes relief to families affected by more than 500 disasters, trains more than 80,000 people in life-saving and preparedness skills, and exchanges hundreds of emergency messages for military, war and disaster-stricken families. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY or visit www.redcrossbayarea.org to learn more. The Red Cross provides nearly half the Bay Area’s blood supply. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) today to schedule your lifesaving donation. 
 NOTE TO MEDIA: If you are interested in taking a news crew to the shelter, please call Melanie Sanders, communications manager for the American Red Cross Bay Area, at (415) 694-9038 to make arrangements.

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