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American Red Cross of Bay Area
August 15, 2008
The American Red Cross Bay Area has opened an evacuation center this morning for the more than 100 residents displaced by a four-alarm retirement home fire in Vallejo. The evacuation center is located at the First Baptist Church of Vallejo, located at 2025 Sonoma Blvd, near where the fire ignited overnight. The Red Cross will be providing food, shelter and counseling services for affected families.

The center will remain open until residents are able to return to their homes or alternative housing can be secured for all who were displaced. The Red Cross will work city officials and the retirement home management throughout the morning and convert the center into an overnight shelter as required.

Red Cross volunteers have been on-site since shortly after the fire started this morning to provide blankets, food and a warm place to rest to affected residents. The Red Cross will continue to work with families 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.

For those who are interested in helping the residents affected by this fire 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 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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