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American Red Cross of Bay Area
January 25, 2008
As a result of flash flood possibilities and evacuations in San Anselmo, Fairfax and Ross in Marin County, the American Red Cross Bay Area tonight opened an evacuation center at Isabel Cook School, located at 1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Anselmo, Calif., to provide shelter for residents whose homes could potentially be affected by flooding caused by the latest winter storm to hit the Bay Area. The Red Cross will be providing food, shelter and a warm place to rest until evacuated residents are allowed to return to their homes. The Red Cross is continuing to monitor the effects of the storms throughout the Bay Area and will work with local officials to provide services to affected individuals and families.
Any residents who are unable to remain safely in their homes may evacuate to a Red Cross shelter. For information on evacuation centers and shelter locations or to request Red Cross assistance call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY.
The Red Cross is encouraging all residents to be on alert for possible flooding, as heavy rain has continued for several hours and is being forecast to continue throughout the weekend. Following are some additional tips for residents who are in areas that may be affected by flooding over the weekend:
  • Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank, so you are prepared to evacuate if an order is issued.
  • Listen to your local radio or TV stations for flood information and advice. If you are told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.
  • If a flash flood warning is issued for your area, evacuate immediately. Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades – they are there for your safety.
  • If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.  
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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