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American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Assists Survivors of the San Bruno Fire
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By Brittani Polivka, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

September 10, 2010
Red Cross Worker Hugs Client at Shelter Following San Bruno Fire
The Red Cross opened a shelter on Sept. 9, immediately following the start of the San Bruno Fire to provide shelter, food, drinks information and comfort to the affected families. (Credit: Sam Henderson, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter)
In the wake of the fire ignited from an explosion in San Bruno on Thursday, September 9 at 6:15 p.m., the Red Cross launched into action to support survivors of the disaster. Following the event, the Red Cross was on the scene providing assistance to the hundreds of people affected with food, water, comfort and shelter.
Two shelters were opened to accommodate residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged at Veterans Memorial Recreation Center at 251 City Park Way in San Bruno, and at the senior center adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center.
The Red Cross also supported an evacuation center located at Bayhill Shopping Center in San Bruno and provided meals for first responders fighting the blaze.
As of Friday, September 10, city and county officials has opened a local area assistance center, which is also located at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center. This center is allowing for multiple social service agencies, including the Red Cross, to come together in one location to meet the needs of those affected.
The Red Cross has seen a great outpouring of support for the victims of the San Bruno fire. All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by the donations of time and money to local disaster relief 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 (1-888-443-5722) or click here. Those interested in donating blood, click here.
If you have been in contact with loved ones in San Bruno, the best way to share information about their well-being is to register them with the Red Cross Safe and Well website.
You can register on the Safe and Well website at www.redcross.org/safeandwell or 1-800-RED-CROSS. Concerned family members who know the person’s phone number (home, cell or work) or a complete home address can search for messages posted about their loved ones.

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