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Mexican Red Cross Responds to Hurricane Jimena
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Disaster Operations Center Funded by American Red Cross Used for First Time
September 1, 2009

As Hurricane Jimena fast approaches the Baja California Peninsula, the Mexican Red Cross is assisting and preparing local residents and tourists.

By Tuesday morning, the Mexican Red Cross had mobilized 35 vehicles and pre-positioned health and food supplies for up to 2,000 families. The Mexican Red Cross has also activated its Disaster Operations Center (DOC) in Mexico City to oversee and coordinate the response to the Category 4 hurricane.

Jimena will hit land on Wednesday, only a day before the Mexican Red Cross formally inaugurates its new DOC. The physical structure of the DOC has been completely renovated, and a thorough review of operating procedures for response personnel is underway, through the financial and technical support of the American Red Cross. As a result, the Mexican Red Cross can better coordinate its national operations and responses through local branches.

The American Red Cross and its sister society in Mexico have a long history of working together. Over the past two decades, the American Red Cross has provided over $20 million to Mexican programs, activities and disaster responses. This includes support for floods in May 2007, in which the American Red Cross sent over $600,000 in cash and material aid.

You can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. Donations to the International Response Fund can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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