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American Red Cross of Bay Area
December 16, 2008
The American Red Cross Bay Area has opened a shelter for the approximately 70 residents displaced by an apartment complex fire in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The shelter is located at the City of Refuge United Church, located at 1025 Howard Street in San Francisco. Buses will be transporting residents from the apartment complex to the shelter over the next few hours.

The Red Cross will provide affected residents with a warm place to stay overnight, food and counseling services at the shelter. The shelter will remain open until residents are able to return to their homes or alternative housing can be secured for all who were displaced.

Red Cross volunteers have been on-site since shortly after the fire started this afternoon to provide blankets, snacks and a covered place to rest for those displaced by the fire. The Red Cross will continue to work with those affected over the next few weeks to assist with their long-term recovery from the fire.

Any residents affected by the fire may contact 1-888-4-HELP-BAY for assistance.

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 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 chapter’s 2,000 personnel, 95 percent of which are volunteers, are all dedicated to saving lives. Every year, the American Red Cross Bay Area mobilizes relief to families affected by nearly 500 disasters, trains more than 350,000 people in life-saving and preparedness skills, and exchanges thousands 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 Finke, communications manager for the American Red Cross Bay Area, at (415) 694-9038 to make arrangements.

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