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American Red Cross of Bay Area
August 18, 2008
The American Red Cross Bay Area will open a service center today to provide assistance to the more than 100 residents displaced by the Casa de Vallejo retirement home fire on Friday. The service center is located in the Florence Douglas Senior Center at 333 Amador Street in Vallejo. The service center will remain open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

At the service center, residents will have the opportunity to sit down with Red Cross and Solano County Department of Health and Social Services caseworkers to determine next steps for long-term recovery, including finding long-term housing and replacing necessary items that may have been destroyed by the fire.

Red Cross volunteers were on the scene shortly after the fire started on Friday morning and opened an evacuation center nearby to provide residents with a warm place to rest, food and access to health services and counseling. Medical staff from area hospitals and partner agencies worked with residents in the evacuation center to meet immediate medical needs, such as replacing prescriptions, and to assess each individual’s emergency housing needs.

The Red Cross closed its evacuation center on Friday evening after all residents were placed in alternative assisted living facilities or hotels in the area by Logan Property Management, the owner of the Casa de Vallejo facility. The Red Cross provided assistance to allow residents to purchase clothing and groceries over the weekend.

Any residents affected by the fire and family members may contact 1-888-600-5828 for assistance.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is FREE, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from people in the Bay Area. If you are interested in helping people affected by local disasters, such as the Casa de Vallejo fire, please call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY or visit www.redcrossbayarea.org to learn more about becoming a volunteer or to provide a financial gift to the local disaster relief fund.

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, 97 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 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 service center, please call Melanie Sanders, communications manager for the American Red Cross Bay Area, at (415) 694-9038 to make arrangements.

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