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11/15/2010 - Red Cross Provides Long-Term Assistance and Care for San Bruno Families

For the families who live in the Crestmoor neighborhood of San Bruno, nightmares from September's gas line explosion continue to haunt them.  Memories of the fiery night combined with the struggle of filing insurance claims, rebuilding and grieving for those lost, make the act of returning to normal life a challenge that remains nearly three months later.

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11/14/2010 - Red Cross Opens Shelter for Residents Displaced by Apartment Fire in Oakland
OAKLAND, CALIF. – November 12, 2019 – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter opened a shelter today for the residents displaced by an apartment fire at 1733 Seminary Avenue in Oakland, Calif. The shelter is located at Ira Jinkins Recreation Center at 9175 Edes Avenue in Oakland. The Red Cross is providing food, shelter and crisis counseling services for those affected by this afternoon’s fire. The shelter will remain open until residents are able to return to their homes or alternative housing is secured.
 
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11/10/2019 - American Red Cross Responds to Multiple Disasters in Indonesia

Following a series of devastating disasters – an earthquake, tsunami and repeated volcanic eruptions – thousands of Indonesian people from Java to Sumatra are unable to return home and are relying on critical assistance from the Red Cross to cope with and recover from their losses.

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11/9/2019 - Red Cross Mascot Revived Due To Active Duty Volunteer Team
Lt. Kristoffer Price leads a team of nearly a dozen David Grant Medical Center (DGMC) active duty staff who signed on to become preparedness presenters with the American Red Cross team at Travis Air Force Base. In addition to the standard outreach and including tabling and presentations, the team has been the reason for the revitalization and return of the Red Cross mascot “Redi-Dog.” Redi is a mascot used by the Red Cross to promote and teach preparedness at community events. Until this team was formed, Redi was essentially retired, and a valuable outreach tool was being under-utilized.
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11/9/2019 - A View From the Field: A Volunteer's First DSHR Experience
On Wednesday, September 22, I participated in my first “real time” DSHR activity by assisting those affected by the San Bruno gas explosion. My assignment required me to travel in an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) based out of Burlingame. The first morning we toured the main blast site, I was astounded by what I saw: a charred truck and cell phone, a mangled playground directly across from the pipeline blast, chimneys and fireplaces marking where a home once stood. Close to the blast, all homes were destroyed, and in other areas homes were severely damaged. I had never seen anything like it.
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11/8/2019 - Red Cross Responds to Hurricane Tomas in Haiti

The American Red Cross has mobilized teams across Haiti this weekend in the wake of Hurricane Tomas. While Haiti has been spared the worst feared impacts of the storm – Tomas was upgraded to hurricane status shortly before hitting the country on Friday – it has brought heavy rains and severe flooding to parts of the country. While the threat of severe weather appears to be receding, it has not entirely passed and the Red Cross continues to advise caution.

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11/7/2019 - Red Cross Opens Shelter for Residents Displaced by Apartment Fire in Antioch
The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter opened a shelter today for the residents displaced by an apartment fire at 3126 Lonetree Way in Antioch, Calif. The shelter is located at First Congressional Church at 620 East Tregallas Road in Antioch. The Red Cross is providing food, shelter and crisis counseling services for those affected by this morning’s fire. The shelter will remain open until residents are able to return to their homes or alternative housing is secured.
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11/5/2019 - American Red Cross Participates in Bi-National Health Week
On Friday October 1st the American Red Cross participated in the 10th Annual Inaugural Ceremony of    Bi-national Health Week at the Main San Francisco Public Library.  The ceremony kicked off the 10th Bi-National Health Week, or more accurately described month, dedicated to providing free vital health services to underserved Latino migrants living in the US and Canada. The services offered during Bi-National Health Week are made possible through the tremendous efforts of varied community, governmental and non-governmental organizations who collaborate across agencies, organizations and borders to utilize existing resources.  
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11/5/2019 - American Red Cross AmeriCorps Participate in Project Homeless Connect
On Wednesday October 6, the American Red Cross participated in Project Homeless Connect in Golden Gate Park. Red Cross volunteers have been longtime partners with this organization. Project Homeless Connect offers free services every three months to the homeless population in San Francisco.  During this Project Homeless Connect, the underprivileged individuals were connected with food, job opportunities, dental care, and disaster preparedness supplies. 
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11/5/2019 - A Celebration of “Conversations in Preparedness”
On Saturday, October 30th, the Asian Community Preparedness (ACP) department celebrated the completion of the Mandarin radio show “Listening to Youth: Conversations in Preparedness.” Over the past three months, 12 Youth for Chinese Elderly (YCE) Program club officers, recruited from nine different San Francisco high schools, have been working on this amazing program. With 36 three-minute episodes recorded in Mandarin, the show covers nine preparedness topics: the history of YCE, how to “make a plan, get a kit, be informed”, earthquake preparedness, fire safety, sheltering, first aid, and health issues.
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11/5/2019 - American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Participates in the Great California ShakeOut
At 10:21am on October 21, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter participated in the 3rd annual Great California ShakeOut, a California-wide earthquake drill and preparedness initiative.  The Great Shakeout emphasizes earthquake drill planning and implementation as well as evaluation of home and workplace safety. The Great ShakeOut is an event our chapter enthusiastically supports and partners with to help fulfill our vision of making the Bay Area the most earthquake resilient region of the country.  The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter was one of a record 7.9 million registered organizations, schools, businesses, universities and individuals who participated in the “Drop, Cover, Hold On!” drill this year.   The Great ShakeOut has grown from a regional initiative in southern Californian to a state-wide and even international earthquake preparedness effort in recent years, and the Bay Area chapter helped to lead the charge with this year’s drill through its own drill participation and promotion efforts.
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11/4/2019 - Red Cross Prepares for Tropical Storm Tomas While Continuing Response to Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

The American Red Cross is making final preparations in Haiti for the arrival of Tropical Storm Tomas, which is expected to inflict heavy winds and rain on the island’s already vulnerable population – including hundreds of thousands of people living under tarps and tents since the earthquake of January 12.

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11/4/2019 - Red Cross Opens Evacuation Center for Residents Displaced By Fire in Redwood City

SAN FRANCISCO – November 4, 2019 – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter opened an evacuation center today for the residents displaced by an apartment fire at 240 Linden Avenue in Redwood City. The shelter is located at the Fair Oaks Community Center at 2600 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. The Red Cross will be providing food, shelter and crisis counseling services for those affected by this morning’s fire. The shelter will remain open until residents are able to return to their homes or alternative housing is secured.

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11/1/2019 - Marin Interagency Disaster Coalition: “Not If, But When”

The Marin Interagency Disaster Coalition (MIDC) and the Marin Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) held an event in San Rafael for local non-profit organizations and government agencies that discussed disaster management and emergency plans for Marin County.

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10/31/2010 - November is National Youth Involvement Month
Red Cross youth across the country are demonstrating their leadership potential by finding new volunteer projects, sharing their volunteer experiences with others, staying active in their current programs, and reflecting on their experiences and moving forward.
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10/31/2010 - MLK 2011 Festival: Living the Dream Through Better Health, Wellness and Preparedness
The Northern California Martin Luther King celebration committee was established by the Rev. Cecil Williams at the request of Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The first annual MLK celebration debuted in San Francisco in May of 1985 with Bishop Desmond Tutu, holding a rally honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner at the Civic Auditorium. San Francisco has been recognized as one of the most important cities celebrating the MLK holiday since it became an official federal holiday in January of 1986 after many years of controversy.
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10/25/2010 - A View From the Field: Where There's Smoke...

It was a chilly October morning for the residents of three Hyde Street apartment complexes just at the base of Nob Hill in San Francisco. Then, just past 5 a.m. their gentle sleep was broken by the sound of alarms.

A fire had started in the stairwell of one old wood complex at Hyde Street that contained eight units and approximately 18 residents. Next door, the residents of another complex were woken by the noise. Several residents commented that they could feel the fire’s heat through the walls. Although alarms failed to go off at the neighboring building, residents knew they had to get out.

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10/20/2010 - Red Cross Opens Shelter for Residents Displaced by Hyde Street Fire
The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter will open a shelter today the residents displaced by an apartment fire at 824 Hyde Street in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The shelter is located at the Gene Friend Recreation Center at 270 Sixth Street (at Folsom Street) in San Francisco.
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10/15/2010 - The American Red Cross Launches Annual Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign

The United States currently has two million active duty and reserve military members serving within our borders and abroad. Additionally more than 24 million veterans have honorably served our country in the past. The American Red Cross serves and supports these special citizens and the families that stand by their sides by providing emergency communications, comfort and assistance every day. This fall, and throughout the holiday season, the Red Cross is working to increase awareness of Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces while also providing holiday cheer to those who have served.

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10/14/2010 - ERV Driver Bill Wilson Experiences the Front Lines of Disaster

Bill Wilson has volunteered with the Red Cross for the last six years, and for five of those years, he has served as a driver of a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV). Wilson gained ERV training almost immediately after he became a Red Cross volunteer, knowing that he wanted to be on the front lines of disasters, the first to help in an emergency situation. In the most recent fire disaster in San Bruno, Wilson did just that.

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