<![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter]> <![CDATA[Get Prepared for Stormy Weather]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Welcomes Center for Domestic Peace]> For more than three decades the Center for Domestic Peace, C4DP, (formerly known as Marin Abused Women’s Service, MAWS) has served thousands of women, men, and children seeking support to end domestic violence. As the result of several meetings in November, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter plans to do a preparedness presentation to the staff and to the Step Two Transitional Home. Because of security issues, the emergency shelter will be taught by staff using the do-it-yourself video and guide book. C4DP received a sesame street preparedness video and a disaster prevention video and material for each of their three facilities.]> By Nancy B. Fleming, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter]> <![CDATA[MLK Day Call for Volunteers ]> In partnership with the Northern California Martin Luther King Jr., Community Foundation, the San Francisco Hospital Council, the San Francisco Department of the Environment, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and the American Red Cross Blood Services, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is excited to be part of the planning committee for the 2011 Northern California MLK celebration: “Sustaining the Dream- Connecting Community and Service.” ]> By Alexandrea Alphonso, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter ]> <![CDATA[Bi-national Health Week 2010, Guanajuato, Mexico ]> Alejandro Mendoza-Castillo, Manger of Latino Community Preparedness recently traveled to Guanajuato, Mexico for the 10th annual Bi-National Health Week on behalf of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.]> By Alejandro Mendoza-Castillo, Latin Community Preparedness, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter ]> <![CDATA[Winter Generosity for San Bruno from the Japanese Community]> Over two months ago, San Bruno was rocked by an underground gas pipeline explosion. Although the recovery process has shifted to long-term, San Bruno residents continue to be in the thoughts of community members. ]> By Debbie Yee, Asian Community Preparedness, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Volunteer Roman Marin Jr. is Committed to Serving Military Members and Their Families ]> Roman Marin Jr. served in the military for 20 years fighting in Korea and Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. Now, he is able to shake the hands of men and women departing and returning from the battlefield at Travis Air Force Base with his job at the Red Cross. Marin is currently the chair of Travis Air Force Base Red Cross volunteers.]> <![CDATA[Eat, Drink & Be Safe: Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving]> This year the American Red Cross offers important steps you can take to help ensure your Thanksgiving is a safe one.]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Opens Shelter for Residents Displaced by Apartment Fire in Oakland ]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE 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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<![CDATA[Marin Interagency Disaster Coalition: “Not If, But When” ]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

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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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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<![CDATA[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. ]> <![CDATA[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.]> <![CDATA[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. ]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Partners with Women, Infants and Young Children (WIC) in Marin County ]> This summer the external relations team joined with Women, Infants and Young Children (WIC) in Marin County and conducted two preparedness presentations to the staff. As a result, the staff of 20 has become comfortable with their own personal preparedness. They have also become enthusiastic in increasing the preparedness skills of their clients. ]> By Nancy B. Fleming ]> <![CDATA[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. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Responds to Hurricane Tomas in Haiti ]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

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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<![CDATA[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.]> <![CDATA[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.   ]> <![CDATA[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.  ]> <![CDATA[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. ]> <![CDATA[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.]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Prepares for Tropical Storm Tomas While Continuing Response to Cholera Outbreak in Haiti ]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

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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<![CDATA[Red Cross Opens Evacuation Center for Residents Displaced By Fire in Redwood City ]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

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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<![CDATA[A View From the Field: Where There's Smoke... ]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

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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<![CDATA[Red Cross Opens Shelter for Residents Displaced by Hyde Street Fire]> <![CDATA[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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By Melanie Finke, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

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<![CDATA[The American Red Cross Launches Annual Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign ]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

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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<![CDATA[American Red Cross Participates in Bi-National Health Week ]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

On Friday, October 1 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, a month dedicated to providing free vital health services to underserved Latino migrants living in the United States 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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<![CDATA[ERV Driver Bill Wilson Experiences the Front Lines of Disaster ]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

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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<![CDATA[American Red Cross Along with the San Bruno Community Band Together to Assist Those Affected by Catastrophic Fire ]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

On September 9, a main gas line ruptured and exploded, igniting a fire that engulfed a San Bruno neighborhood, displacing nearly 400 families and causing several injuries and deaths. In the wake of this catastrophic emergency, the Red Cross launched into action to support survivors of this disaster. Within the hour, the Red Cross was providing assistance to the thousands of people affected.

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<![CDATA[Get Ready for the Great California ShakeOut!]> ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Urges Fire Safety as National Fire Prevention Week Begins]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Continues Relief Efforts for San Bruno Fire, Begins Long-Term Recovery Plans]> <![CDATA[Tips for Taking Care of Your Emotional Health Following a Disaster]> Many people in the Bay Area have felt the emotional effects of the explosion and fire in San Bruno. Whether you’re experiencing sadness for the families affected or worries about your own family’s safety and readiness for a sudden disaster, it’s common to experience stress following a disaster in your community. Following is information on how to recognize your current feelings and tips for taking care of the emotional health of you, your family and your friends.]> <![CDATA[Agencies in Local Assistance Center Help in the Days Following San Bruno Fire]> Darla Mumson from San Mateo Cunty Human Services Agency recalls being notified Thursday night that she would be put on standby to partner and bring services, through the Local Asistance Center, to the individuals affected by the San Bruno Fire. She recalls just how many people were in need of help initially following the fire on Thursday night. ]> <![CDATA[County Agency Helps San Bruno Fire Residents within Local Assistance Center]> For those who have lost everything, having a central location to receive services is crucial. One of the agencies who are set up at the Local Assistance Center attending to individuals needs is the San Mateo County Assessors Office. Christine Taliva’a-Aguerre has been at the center since Monday morning and is helping residents deal with the financial impact of the fire. ]> <![CDATA[Partner Assists San Bruno Fire Residents with Their Pets Following Evacuation]> Most families have a plan for their loved ones in case of an emergency, but not everyone takes their pets welfare into account as well. That wasn’t the case on Sept. 9, when a pipe line exploded igniting a San Bruno neighborhood. People were prepared. They saw the fireball, felt the heat, and ran, taking their loved ones including their pets with them. ]> <![CDATA[Community Partners Join Red Cross in Assisting San Bruno Fire Families]> <![CDATA[San Bruno Fire Families Return to Homes, Supported by Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteers]> As residents from the San Bruno Fire began returning to their homes over the weekend, Red Cross volunteers were there with them, offering them the comfort and support they needed following the terror of the fire. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Assistance to San Bruno Fire Residents Continues in San Bruno Recovery Center on Thursday, Sept. 16]> MEDIA ALERT

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<![CDATA[Volunteer Provides Comfort, Helps Families Following San Bruno Fire]> Barbara Wood, a volunteer with the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter, describes herself as a part-time Red Cross staffer and full-time volunteer.  Wood responded to a call for volunteers following the gas line explosion in San Bruno, Calif., and arrived at the local area assistance center Saturday. Since then, she has been meeting with families who were displaced by the fire and helping them to get the assistance they need.]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Continues to Assist People Affected by San Bruno Fire]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Assists Survivors of the San Bruno Fire]> 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. ]> By Brittani Polivka, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

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<![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Responds to Explosion in San Bruno ]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is on the scene providing assistance to the hundreds of residents affected by the explosion in San Bruno this evening. Red Cross teams are supporting an evacuation center and two shelters in San Bruno this evening.

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<![CDATA[Red Cross Responds to Hurricane Earl Along Atlantic Coast]> American Red Cross Media Alert

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<![CDATA[Red Cross Prepares for Hurricane Earl from North Carolina to New England ]> The American Red Cross is on the ground from North Carolina to New England, preparing to open shelters and feed those affected by Hurricane Earl as the Category 3 storm bears down on the United States, bringing heavy rains and sustained winds blowing at 125 mph.
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<![CDATA[2010 Chapman-Holcombe International Intern Program Comes To An End ]>

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter wrapped up its annual International Intern Program and it was a great success! This unique program hosts Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers from around the world for an internship each summer. This year’s selected interns were Abdel Hameed Sami (Jordan Red Crescent), Bo Zhang (Red Cross Society of China), and Sarah Rose (British Red Cross).

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<![CDATA[Meet an AmeriCorps Volunteer – Kelsey O’Hara, Community Events Specialist ]> Kelsey O’Hara was born and raised in Carpinteria, CA, a small beach town just south of Santa Barbara. Her childhood is filled with fond memories of family road trips, camping, and summer beach days. Ballet was a huge part of her life. Her most formative high school experience was a trip to Kenya to work at an elementary school and orphanage for children affected by HIV and AIDS. ]> <![CDATA[Meet an AmeriCorps Volunteer – Eric Herskowitz, Community Preparedness Specialist]> Community Preparedness Specialist Eric Herskowitz is originally from Long Island, NY, and lived there nearly all his life. In college, he majored in Psychobiology and minored in Disaster Studies. It was this unique minor that introduced him to a life of volunteering for the American Red Cross. In New York, Eric joined the DAT team, and had the experience of working in a few shelters in New Paltz during blizzard season. ]> <![CDATA[Congreso Familiar Helps Prepare the Latino Community for Emergencies Large and Small ]> The Congreso Familiar is an annual event. One event is held here in the Bay Area while another is held in Washington D.C.

The Bay Area event was recently held and proved to be a success. The event was a great opportunity for the Latino community to gain more knowledge about community preparedness. Approximately 4,000 people attended the event, and more than 78 local and national agencies participated overall.

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<![CDATA[International Interns Work with Asian Community Preparedness to Learn about Youth for Chinese Elderly Program ]> This summer, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter invited three student interns from Jordan, Scotland, and China who are members of the Red Cross/Red Crescent family to visit the Bay Area and learn how the American Red Cross supports major events nationally and locally. After Debbie Yee gave them a presentation about what the Asian Community Preparedness (ACP) Department does, they expressed great interest in the Youth for Chinese Elderly Program (YCE), especially the work they do around monolingual seniors. ]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Increases Pakistan Flood Support to $5 Million ]> As flood waters continue to devastate communities across Pakistan, the American Red Cross is increasing its support to $5 million to help families who have lost their homes and jobs and have little access to clean water and food. ]> <![CDATA[Hurricane Katrina: Five Years Later ]>

Five years after a hurricane season that wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast, the American Red Cross released “Bringing Help, Bringing Hope,” a report that details the Red Cross response to Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Wilma and the ensuing years of recovery for the survivors.

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<![CDATA[No End In Sight to Catastrophic Floods in Pakistan]> By Patrick Fuller, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Joins Nationwide Fundraising Drive in Anticipation of Active Hurricane Season ]> About 200 times a day, American Red Cross workers respond to emergencies across the country. These can include anything from single-family fires to large disasters such as floods and hurricanes. ]> <![CDATA[Second Annual Marin Disaster Readiness Conference Proves to be a Success ]> At the second annual Marin Disaster Readiness Conference in June, over 165 participants from the non-profit, faith, government and business communities learned how to create an agency emergency plan to keep essential operations running following a disaster.  Attendees learned about disaster planning tools and resources and put pen to paper during a workshop to start their customized plan.  In addition, a panel shared best practices on creating a plan, and a workshop provided advice for exercising emergency plans.
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<![CDATA[Club Red Comedy Night at the Purple Onion was a Great Success ]>

Club Red packed the house at The Purple Onion comedy club in North Beach, raising $1,270 for local disaster readiness and relief work while enjoying a night of hilarious comedy, socializing and raffle prizes including a two night stay in Venice Beach. Among the comedians who performed was the chapter’s very own Stacy Williams, who brought down the house.

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<![CDATA[Thanks to Community Events Volunteers for Making the Red Cross Proud at Pride]>

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter participated in the Gay Pride Parade for the fourth year in a row and received local coverage for the first time on KOFY. This year's theme was “Sexy CPR.” Fifty volunteers and staff marched (and danced) alongside the Bay Responder dressed like nurses and CPR instructors and handed out goody bags filled with CPR discounts, preparedness brochures, pocket first aid kits and mints.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area, Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz Chapters Partner to Prepare Latino Community for Potential Spread of the Flu ]> The American Red Cross Bay Area, Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz Chapters joined forces to prepare local Latinos to combat the flu and other emergencies. These chapters were able to come together thanks to a generous grant from the University of California, Berkeley. ]> <![CDATA[38th Annual Youth for Chinese Elderly Luncheon Draws its Largest Crowd Ever]> On Monday June 7, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Youth for Chinese Elderly (YCE) program held its 38th annual luncheon at the Far East Café in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Despite the current economic downturn, this year’s celebration of the YCE program drew its largest crowd yet, with nearly 400 people in attendance. ]> <![CDATA[Preparedness Instructor Sou-Cheng Choi Starts Chinese Outreach Initiative ]> While graduate student Sou-Cheng Choi had already taken the steps to prepare herself in the event of a devastating earthquake in the Bay Area, she worried that her mother, who did not understand English, would not be as prepared. ]> <![CDATA[Church Readies Community & Congregation for Disaster]> When disasters hit, people turn to churches in the community. After all, churches provide the support they need in day-to-day life. It just makes sense to rely on them during the devastation of a disaster.]> <![CDATA[Deloitte Impact Day Trains More Than 75 Employees in Shelter Operations ]> It becomes increasingly important for corporations in the Bay Area to partner with organizations such as the Red Cross and prepare their employees in the event of a disaster or emergency. In 2007, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter launched Ready When the Time Comes (RWTC) a program that allows organizations to give back to the community by empowering employees to act as disaster relief volunteers during a major local disaster. ]> <![CDATA[Sponsorship Highlight: Wells Fargo]> Wells Fargo has furthered the Red Cross mission and ensured that local communities are better equipped to handle emergencies. Wells Fargo continuously supports the Red Cross community preparedness and disaster relief efforts as well as the Disaster Readiness Summit and Paint the Town Red Gala. ]> By Caitlin Cobb, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

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<![CDATA[Red Cross Leadership Development Center a Great Success]> On the weekend of July 16th, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter held its annual Leadership Development Center (LDC) for high school youth. The weekend proved to be a great success with 101 delegates in attendance. The delegates were led by their peers - 14 high school staff members and three international interns planned and organized the event.

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<![CDATA[The Golden Rule for Back to School]> Whether it’s the last-minute run to the store for the glue that will hold a child’s project together or the dozens of bake sale cupcakes whipped up late at night, parents frequently deal with the unexpected. Being prepared for emergencies—and not just the glue and cupcake variety—is the new golden rule for having a great school year.]> <![CDATA[Six Months Later . . . How the Red Cross is Helping in Haiti]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Moving Supplies and Workers to South Texas as Hurricane Alex Nears the Coast]> <![CDATA[Asian Community Preparedness Trains the Consulate for the People’s Republic of China]>

On Tuesday, June 1, 2019, the Asian Community Preparedness department headed off to the Consulate for the People’s Republic of China located in San Francisco. For over an hour, Sophia Wong delivered a highly informative disaster preparedness presentation to more than 60 of the consulate’s workers and their families. Many of those in the audience were learning about preventative and potentially lifesaving information about how to prepare for disasters such as earthquakes for the first time in their lives.

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<![CDATA[A New Twist on Personalizing your Disaster Survival Kit ]> Every day, volunteer preparedness instructors are explaining what goes in to a disaster survival kit. We talk about non-perishable foods, cans of tuna, peanut butter and other foods that store well when there is no electricity for refrigeration.]> <![CDATA[Health and Safety Instructor Dennis Kim Makes a Difference in Retirement]>

As a retired war veteran in his native state of Hawaii, Dennis Kim knew that he wanted to spend his retirement helping others and making a difference. In 1993 he approached the American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter, asking what he could do to help. The chapter sent him to instructor training, and he was later able to become an instructor for lifeguarding, CPR and first aid.

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<![CDATA[Red Cross Survey Finds More Than Two-Thirds of Americans Experience a Summer Emergency]>
Americans plan to be very active this summer, as the survey found that more than 40 percent will go hiking or camping and almost 75 percent will go swimming. While people expect to be on the go, the Red Cross found that many were not confident they knew what to do in an emergency - less than two-thirds felt confident helping a heat stroke victim and fewer than half could help someone with an allergic reaction to an insect or snake bite.]>
<![CDATA[American Red Cross Continues Response to Devastating Tornadoes and Flooding in the South and Midwest ]>

From the plains of the Midwest to the deep south, the American Red Cross is providing a safe place to stay and relief supplies for thousands of people displaced by tornadoes and floods. As relief operations continue full force in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama, the Red Cross has also opened shelters in Oklahoma after last night’s tornadoes.

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<![CDATA[American Red Cross Responds to Severe Flooding in the South ]>

The American Red Cross is currently responding to severe flooding in the south. Red Cross teams are providing food and shelter to people throughout the south who have been forced out of their homes after two severe weather systems spawned flooding and tornadoes in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi. The Red Cross has opened more than two dozen shelters so far.

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<![CDATA[Four Generations of the Jeong Family Provide Immense Support to the American Red Cross ]>

Long-time Red Cross volunteer Audrey Jeong makes it her mission to make the Red Cross her number one charitable priority, and ensures that her children and grandchildren do the same. The Jeong family is involved with the Red Cross across four generations.

 

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<![CDATA[Join the NERT Team and Support Your Community]>

Are you a NERT? Director of Preparedness at the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, Emily White, is! White just began a six-week Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training course in the Mission district of San Francisco and encourages everyone to join the fun.

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<![CDATA[Red Cross Commemorates 1906 Earthquake by Urging People to Get Prepared Now]>

American Red Cross Bay Area President and CEO Harold Brooks was present at a press conference on April 13 while Mayor Gavin Newsom and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu commemorated the devastating1906 earthquake in the Bay Area. Speakers at the press conference highlighted the importance of getting prepared for the next major earthquake in the Bay Area.

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<![CDATA[Chinatown Community Gets Ready for Disaster at Youth-led Preparedness Fair]>

Top city officials and community advocates gathered on April 1 at Portsmouth Square Recreation Center in San Francisco’s Chinatown to launch the first annual Chinatown Preparedness Fair to enhance the readiness efforts actively taking shape in this local community. The fair, led by Youth for Chinese Elderly (YCE) volunteers on their spring break, attracted hundreds of people and featured speakers including David Chiu, President of the Board of Supervisors, Vicki Hennessy, Executive Director of the Department of Emergency Management and other local leaders who commended the American Red Cross and partners who collaborate to prepare this community for disaster.

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<![CDATA[American Red Cross Response in Haiti: A Three-Month Progress Report ]> While signs of aid can be seen throughout Haiti, three months after the devastating earthquake that struck the island nation, there is no question that needs remain great. Earthquake survivors will no doubt face additional threats with the arrival of the rainy season this month and, later this summer, hurricane season.

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<![CDATA[Red Cross Begins Response to Devastating Earthquake in China]> On April 14 a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck northwest China’s Qinghai Province. It’s epicenter is calculated to be about 500 miles away from the capitol of Qinghai Province. Eighteen aftershocks were recorded, the largest one measuring a magnitude of 6.3. More than 400 people are feared dead, and more than 10,000 injured. Ninety percent of the houses in Yushu county have been destroyed, and the number of people affected is expected to rise.]> <![CDATA[Remembering the 1906 Earthquake]>

On Wednesday, April 18, 2019 at 5:12 a.m. a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck San Francisco and the coast of Northern California along the San Andreas Fault. The earthquake and resulting fire are remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths and the destruction of 80% of the city.

 

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<![CDATA[Red Cross Reconnects Childhood Friends Torn Apart by Holocaust]> In 1939, Walter Ullmann and his family fled Germany to escape Nazi persecution. Ullmann left behind a dear childhood friend, Elfriede Haas. One day last year, Ullmann received an unexpected phone call – it was Haas, making contact after 70 years of separation. ]> <![CDATA[Haiti Update: Looking to the Future ]>

Nearly three months after the devastating earthquake that shook the island nation of Haiti, there is still much work to be done. The American Red Cross will continue to support earthquake survivors in the months and years ahead – until the last donated dollar is spent. The Red Cross’ Haiti Assistance Program, which will run for three-to-five years, will be multi-faceted, holistic and comprehensive. The program will bring multiple programs to each community in order to address the complex problems of those in need.

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<![CDATA[A View From the Field: American Red Cross Volunteer Eric Gordon Assists Victims of Flooding in New Jersey ]> As a Red Cross volunteer on disaster deployment, I was faced with a multitude of challenges. After a marathon travel day I found myself maneuvering a rental car through the twists and turns of the New Jersey freeway system en route to a morning meeting at the Disaster Relief Operation Job Headquarters in North Brunswick. On a normal day, I serve as an AmeriCorps NPRC member in the San Francisco Red Cross office. But this week, I was deployed to serve as a Public Affairs liaison in response to the extensive flooding that struck Central and Northern New Jersey. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Disaster Volunteers Partner with Southern Baptist Convention to Receive Additional Training]> On March 6, the Red Cross teamed up with the Southern Baptist Convention to train several disaster volunteers in mass feeding in Oakland. The training was meant to allow volunteers to gain a better understanding of how the Red Cross partnership with the Baptist community works when it comes to disaster assignments. ]> <![CDATA[Kaiser Permanente Partners with Red Cross to Train Underserved Populations ]> For the third year in a row, Kaiser Permanente has helped the Red Cross provide free CPR training to thousands in the Bay Area as the signature sponsor of CPR Saturday, which took place on March 13.]> <![CDATA[April is Pet First Aid Month: Learn How to Take Care of Your Four-Legged Friend]> April is Pet First Aid Month! Accidents and emergencies don't just happen to people. Learn how you can take care of your pet with a Red Cross cat and dog first aid course. The Red Cross can help you learn how to maintain your pet's health, put together a pet first aid kit, give medications, recognize emergencies and administer first aid care.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scouts Get Prepared! ]> On Saturday, January 30, the Girl Scouts of Northern California attended a “Be Prepared – First Aid for Girls” class. The class was developed by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and was held at the San Francisco, Oakland, Concord and Marin County offices simultaneously.  ]> <![CDATA[UC Berkeley Red Cross Club Helps Raise Awareness About Haiti Earthquake]> More than 30 student groups from the UC Berkeley campus including the Cal Red Cross Club came together to raise awareness about the earthquake that struck Haiti in January. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross and Tzu Chi Working Together for Disaster Preparedness]> January and February of 2010 proved to be a busy time for building relationships between the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and the Buddhist relief organization Tzu Chi. Tzu Chi has long been a partner of the American Red Cross and has assisted the Bay Area Chapter on a number of disaster relief operations. ]> <![CDATA[CPR Saturday Becomes Chapter's Largest Volunteer Mobilization ]> On March 13, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter trained nearly 3,000 people throughout the Bay Area in CPR. This event was held at 10 sites, and included two sites in Spanish and one in Chinese, making it one of the region’s largest free CPR training events. The event aimed to provide people in our community with crucial lifesaving skills who could otherwise not afford training, or for whom language might pose a barrier. ]> <![CDATA[Bay Area Community Painted the Town Red at Annual American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Gala]> The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter lit up the night during its annual Paint the Town Red Gala on Saturday, March 6 at San Francisco City Hall. The spectacular evening dazzled the Bay Area philanthropic and corporate community, bringing together more than 450 guests in a show of support for Red Cross disaster readiness and relief efforts in the Bay Area.]> <![CDATA[How the Red Cross is Helping in Haiti: A Two-Month Progress Report on the Red Cross Response]> The American Red Cross today issued a two-month progress report describing its efforts since the January 12 earthquake and sharing its plans to address longer-term needs such as emergency and longer-term shelter. ]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Passes the $100 Million Mark in Aid for Haiti Earthquake Relief and Recovery]> Two months after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, the American Red Cross continues its efforts to assist with recovery. To date, the Red Cross has committed $106.4 million, with its latest allocation focused on building shelter for the thousands of people who are still homeless following the earthquake.]> <![CDATA[March is Red Cross Month: Down the Street, Across the Country, Around the World ]> With March proclaimed as Red Cross Month by President Barack Obama, now more than ever the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter would like to recognize and thank the supporters and volunteers whose efforts enable the Red Cross to respond to disasters down the street, across the country and around the world. ]> <![CDATA[Marin County Volunteer Receives National Award for Service from American Red Cross ]> The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter today announced that long-time volunteer Lorna Brown has been awarded the Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorius Volunteer Leadership from the national headquarters of the American Red Cross. Brown, a resident of San Rafael, Calif., received the award in recognition of her 14 years of service supporting the disaster relief and readiness efforts of the Red Cross, especially within the Marin County community.]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Youth Volunteer Ann Chen Receives Prudential Spirit of Community Award]> The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter would like to recognize the achievements of Ann Chen, a Red Cross Youth volunteer and president of the Youth for Chinese Elderly program at Galileo High School in San Francisco. ]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Responds to Chile Earthquake with Initial $50,000 Pledge]> The American Red Cross is responding to the strong 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile, making an initial $50,000 pledge from its International Response Fund for relief operations.]> <![CDATA[How we are Helping in Haiti ]> On January 12, 2019, a series of earthquakes ranging from magnitude 6.5 – 7.3 struck the island nation of Haiti, killing an estimated 200,000 people, and forcing 3 million Haitians to cope with the loss of loved ones, homes, schools and livelihoods. The earthquakes and their aftershocks, which repeatedly hit just outside the country’s capital city Port-au-Prince, reduced most buildings to rubble and left an estimated 1.2 million people instantly homeless. It is a monumental catastrophe, inflicting massive damage and suffering in Haiti – already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. ]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Responds to Deadly East Palo Alto Plane Crash ]> EAST PALO ALTO – February 17, 2019 – American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter volunteers are responding to this morning’s deadly small airplane crash in East Palo Alto.  Red Cross volunteers have been on-site providing food, shelter, information and emotional support services for the families affected by the crash and are offering emotional support services to the families of those killed in the crash.  ]> <![CDATA[Preparedness Instructor Helpful Tips This Month's Topic: Course Evaluations ]> All materials shipped to host locations include course evaluations for each course participant for any given course or training session. It is crucial that everyone in the audience submit a completed form at the end of your presentation. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Youth Volunteer at Serramonte Mall to Wrap Gifts ]> It’s hard being popular, but that is exactly what the Red Cross YES team was for two weeks at the Serramonte shopping center. Dozens of bright-eyed teens wrapped presents for hundreds of shoppers with nary a complaint from either side. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Supports Series of Marin H1N1 Vaccination Clinics]> American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter volunteers provided critical support for the four Marin County public health H1N1 vaccination clinics held in November and December. The clinics were held in San Rafael, Marin City, Point Reyes Station and Novato to those eligible in the high-risk categories. In total, more than 5,000 vaccinations were provided. ]> <![CDATA[San Francisco H1N1 Vaccination Clinic: A Collaborative Success ]> Over the last few months, Red Cross volunteers have supported H1N1 vaccination clinics throughout the Bay Area. On December 22, I volunteered at the H1N1 mass vaccination clinic at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. I worked as a “floating runner,” performing public affairs work, ensuring that other runners were relieved for breaks, and assisting in making sure that all logistics ran smoothly. More than 9,000 people were vaccinated throughout the entire day. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Youth Volunteer Sandy Tesch Represents Local Community in Kenya]> Looking for something to quell her boredom one summer, 14-year-old Sandy Tesch sent letters to different local charity organizations expressing an interest in volunteering with them. The only response she received was from the local American Red Cross chapter. She began her work with the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter as a clerical volunteer two days per week. She was the youth club’s first youth volunteer, and she played a key role in the restructure of the youth program. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Mounts Massive Relief Effort in Haiti]> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Immediately following the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday January 12, the American Red Cross and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world launched into action to send support to the victims of this disaster. The operation in Haiti is already the largest single-country relief operation in global Red Cross history in terms of emergency relief teams deployed. ]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Encourages Everyone to Get Vaccinated during San Francisco H1N1 Vaccine & Education Week]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Provides First Aid and Supplies in Haiti]> Red Cross President Witnesses Haiti's Need Firsthand

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<![CDATA[Get Prepared for This Week's Storms]> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The Bay Area is being bombarded by a series of powerful storms driven from the Pacific this week, with the most severe scheduled to hit on Thursday. The intense winds and rain have already caused power outages and flooding across low-lying areas. The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter urges residents to get prepared now for the next front by following the steps to the below safety guides.]> By Brittani Polivka, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

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<![CDATA[American Red Cross Sees Overwhelming Flow of Support From the Bay Area in Response to Crisis in Haiti]> Following Tuesday’s 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross has seen a continued outpouring of support from the Bay Area, with thousands of residents going online or calling local offices with offers of help. To help field the large volume of calls for donations, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has opened a call center which will remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily through Friday, January 22. The call center will also handle call overflow over the weekend from American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C.]> Red Cross Continues to Push Aid to Haiti Amid Difficult Conditions

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<![CDATA[Red Cross Donates $10 Million and Numerous Supplies to Haitian Relief Effort]>

This morning’s estimates indicated that as many as three million people – nearly one third of Haiti’s population – have been affected by the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake that hit the island nation on Tuesday. Today, the American Red Cross has confirmed and released $10 million to support relief efforts in Haiti.

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<![CDATA[Disaster Alert: Earthquake in Haiti]> In response to today's devastating earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross has pledged an initial $200,000 to assist affected communities, and is prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation. As with most earthquakes, the most immediate needs will be for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.

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<![CDATA[Don't Let the Flu Get to You ]> The H1N1 (swine) flu virus is still prevalent across the nation and the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter encourages everyone to get vaccinated against the virus, now that the vaccine is widely available.

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<![CDATA[New Years Resolutions You'll Want to Keep]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Seeks Nominations For Marin County Heroes Event ]>  

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<![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Offers Ways to Get Prepared After Today's South Bay Earthquakes]> As demonstrated this morning in the South Bay, earthquakes can strike at any time and without warning. While today’s events were fairly minor, a larger quake could knock out many of the services Bay Area residents count on every day including electricity, gas, water, communications and transportation. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Offers Tips on How to Stay Warm This Winter]> While the Bay Area does not experience the type of bone-chilling temperatures that have gripped much of the country, we do encounter temperature drops that require additional heating. ]> <![CDATA[Youth for Chinese Elderly Attends Annual Luncheon ]> As the crowds settled into their seats and the two youth emcees, Karen Lai and Steven Wu got ready to start the show, there was an air of excitement and happiness as the 2009 Adopt-A-Senior-Building Luncheon got underway.

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<![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Participates in Holiday Mail for Heroes Program ]> This holiday season, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter became one of 300 Red Cross chapters that teamed up with Pitney Bowes Inc. to deliver holiday cards to service members, their families and veterans, many of whom will be far from home this holiday season. Now in its third year, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides Americans with the opportunity to extend holiday greetings and thanks to service members and veterans.

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<![CDATA[Twelve Days of Holiday Safety from the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter]> In the Spirit of the Season, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Offers 12 Holiday Safety Tips

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<![CDATA[YCE Trains 12 New First Aid/CPR/AED Instructors in the Month of November ]> November proved to be an incredible month for the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter’s Youth for Chinese Elderly program. Youth officers from the YCE’s nine high school clubs trained members in disaster preparedness all month long. Altogether, more than 200 youth members were trained. Additionally, 12 select youth leaders were chosen to become first aid/CPR/AED lay responder instructors. ]> <![CDATA[Northern California VOAD Receives Grant to Expand Capacity for Disaster Response ]> The Northern California Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is one of two VOAD branches containing multiple local chapters. Its mission is to serve those affected by disasters by cultivating inter-agency capacity, increasing response capabilities in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and providing effective disaster response and recovery operations. NorCal VOAD also has a strong partnership with the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.

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<![CDATA[Red Cross Comes to Aid of Father and Twin Daughters in Redwood City]> <![CDATA[Contra Costa County Volunteer Paul Witte Makes Every Little Bit of Help Count ]> Paul Witte, Disaster Action Team (DAT) Lead for Contra Costa County, first became involved with the Red Cross after 9/11 when he volunteered to work in the call center in Oakland. “I just wanted to help,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Are You Ready for Some Football? ]> <![CDATA[Breakfast Honors Local Heroes in Alameda County ]> The annual Alameda County Heroes Breakfast was held on October 8 at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel. More than 110 people including volunteers, community dignitaries, honorees and Red Cross staff attended the event. The breakfast that was emceed by KTVU-TV news anchor Heather Holmes. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross and Western Pacific Renal Network Help Ensure Disabled Individuals Are Ready for Disaster]> <![CDATA[Communications Van Sees First Deployment at Nike Marathon]> By Peter Sheerin, Response Communications Volunteer, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

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<![CDATA[Military Retiree Helps Veterans and Service Members as Red Cross Volunteer]> M. Ann Harris retired from the Air Force after nearly 22 years of service. Now she continues to serve her country's service members as a volunteer with the Service to the Armed Forces program at Travis Air Force Base in Solano County.

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<![CDATA[American Red Cross Honors Local Heroes in Contra Costa County]>
 On November 3, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter honored its local heroes in Contra Costa County. Red Cross heroes make a difference in the lives of those in their community each day.
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<![CDATA[Red Cross Responds to Increased Number of Home Fires in Bay Area]> The need for Red Cross services is greater than ever -- especially for those who need support after house fires. In the Bay Area, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has seen a 52 percent increase in the number of people needing help this fall compared to the same time last year.]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Holds Holiday Mail for Heroes Program]> The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is among 300 chapters participating in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program put on through the Red Cross’ Service to the Armed Forces.

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<![CDATA[Volunteer Shares Memories from Work in American Samoa]> My team leader, Omeka Gaisoa, gestures to a yellow house in Pago Pago, and says, “One of our co-workers lived there. Vaipalolo Viena. She died.” There is silence in the car as we look at the ruins; the house is torn off its foundation and surrounded by rubble. A black wreath is on the side. The devastation leaves me breathless – houses destroyed, boats through buildings, and piles of debris where towns once were.

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<![CDATA[Volunteer Understands the Importance of Being Prepared – and Makes Sure Others Do Too]> After seeing the devastation that Hurricane Katrina caused in 2005, Denise Cooke became a Red Cross volunteer and has devoted much of her time and energy to ensuring that she, along with her friends and family are prepared for disaster. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross and Partners Offer Educator's Workshop on Humanitarian Law]> The American Red Cross, along with its partners World Savvy and ORIAS at the University of California, Berkeley, will offer an educator workshop for teaching the Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) curriculum on Saturday, November 7. This workshop provides resources to help students understand the rules governing war and their impact on human life and dignity. ]> By Joan Kelley-Williams, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

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<![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Launches Red Cross Ready RatingTM Program to Prepare Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits for Emergencies]>

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter today launched its new one-of-a-kind Red Cross Ready Rating TM program to help businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area with their emergency planning and preparedness efforts. The program was officially unveiled during a special session at the Disaster Readiness Summit 2009 in San Francisco, part of the week’s events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

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<![CDATA[Solano County Interagency Symposium: A Collaborative Success ]> The 2009 Solano County Interagency Symposium proved to be a great success. On September 17, Solano County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SVOD) in conjunction with the American Red Cross and the United Way of the Bay Area, held the “Building Disaster Resilient Communities Symposium” from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Joseph A. Nelson Center in Suisun City]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Responds as Part of Global Network to Multiple Disasters in the Pacific and Southeast Asia]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Provides Update on International Relief Operations]> Nan Buzard, senior director of international response and programs for the American Red Cross, discusses the global Red Cross presence in light of the disasters in the Asia Pacific region. She globe hops from the tsunami relief efforts in American Samoa and Samoa to the earthquake response in Indonesia and lands at the ongoing typhoon response in the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos.

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<![CDATA[Second Earthquake Hits Indonesia, Red Cross Searches for Survivors]> By Abi Weaver, International Communications, American Red Cross]> <![CDATA[Bay Area Resident Set to Travel to Samoa to Aid in Red Cross Relief Efforts]> The American Red Cross is sending a leadership team of volunteers to American Samoa to support relief efforts following yesterday's 8.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami. Jim Stephenson, a local Red Cross volunteer from Mill Valley, will be among the volunteers flying to American Samoa tomorrow morning. Stephenson is a long-time Red Cross volunteers who has served in several international disasters, including flooding in India, earthquakes in Iran and Pakistan, and the Southeast Asian Tsunami. ]> MEDIA ALERT]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Helping American Samoa Tsunami Victims]> American Red Cross

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<![CDATA[Typhoon Ketsana: Rescue Teams Save Hundreds in Metro Manila as Vietnam Prepares for the Worst]> On Saturday, Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines, causing the worst flooding in more than 40 years in the capital city Manila and other areas of the northern Philippines. Now the typhoon is headed for Vietnam.]> By Lasse Norgaard, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Opens Shelter for More than 50 Chinatown Residents Displaced by Apartment Fire]> MEDIA ALERT]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Celebrates San Francisco Heroes at Breakfast on September 24]>   ]> MEDIA ALERT]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Celebrates Solano County Heroes at Breakfast on September 25]> The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter today announced the recipients of its Solano County heroes awards, all of whom will be honored at the Solano Heroes Breakfast on Friday, September 25 at 8 a.m. at the Suisun City Waterfront Park in Suisun City.   

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<![CDATA[Fiesta Movement Visits Red Cross, Develops YouTube Video on Getting Prepared for an Earthquake]> The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter got a visit from two agents of the Ford Fiesta Movement on the Friday before Labor Day. Armed with two video cameras and an interest in learning how to get themselves prepared for disaster, Thomas K and Whit S met with Madelyn Mackie, manager of preparedness education, to find out what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Over the next week, the two edited and posted a video about earthquake preparedness on YouTube.

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<![CDATA[Former Firefighter Serves with Red Cross in India, Sri Lanka and Iran]>

“Being able to serve is a privilege,” says Jim Stephenson, a retired Southern Marin Fire District firefighter, of his involvement with the American Red Cross, which began back in 1991. Stephenson first participated as a Red Cross volunteer in Sacramento while on a disaster plan­ning project at the local fire department. He began as a volunteer caseworker, and eventually worked his way up to director of disaster services for the Sacramento chapter.

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<![CDATA[Husband-Wife Volunteer Team Aids Flood Victims in Kentucky]> For Clay and Susan Drake, volunteering is not an obligation. Rather, it is a way for this retired couple to utilize the skills they have and help those in their community and beyond. ]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Responds as Typhoon Morakot Cuts Across East Asia]> <![CDATA[Red Cross Bay Area Volunteer Deploys to North Dakota, Provides Mass Care to Vulnerable Residents ]> Marin County volunteer John Woodbridge was sent on his first mass care deployment to help the people affected by North Dakota floods last month. Woodbridge departed on March 25 and was immediately put to work setting up shelters, serving up hot meals and helping people evacuate their homes to safety.]> <![CDATA[First Aid Station Volunteers Care for Community at Festivals, Races]> Next time you’re at a community festival or race, take a look around and you’re likely to see the volunteers of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter on-site providing free first aid services. From handing out bandages to runners with painful blisters to providing a haven from the heat to those affected by the sun or dehydration, Red Cross volunteers help care for the community through the first aid stations program. Each year, the chapter staffs stations at more than 20 events throughout the Bay Area, such as the ING Bay to Breakers race taking place in San Francisco on Sunday, May 17.]> <![CDATA[Healthy Families Fair Makes Learning About Summer Safety Fun]> The Bay Area caught spring fever early this year with mini-heat waves bringing 90-degree weather in late April. As residents rush outside to enjoy the sunshine, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is working hard to make sure that people stay safe and healthy this summer. Along with ongoing first aid, CPR and aquatics safety courses, this year the Red Cross is also hosting its first annual Healthy Families Fair in Oakland on Saturday, June 6. ]> <![CDATA[Indian Ocean Tsunami Inspires Bay Area Volunteer to Take Action at Home]> Contra Costa volunteer Briana Taylor had planned to spend Christmas 2004 on a beach in Thailand. Instead, she and her family had spent an extra day in the north and missed being in Phuket when the deadly tsunami hit the area on December 26. The devastation she saw while in the country spurred her to take action and started her on a path that would lead to volunteering with the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. ]> <![CDATA[Partner Services Volunteers Encourage Collaboration Before and During Disaster]> As a humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter works closely with government agencies, non-profit and faith-based organizations and a variety of businesses everyday to both respond to disaster and to get the community prepared for disaster. ]> <![CDATA[Leadership Development Center Encourages Youth to Get Involved]> The Red Cross remains devoted to empowering youth to become more proactive leaders in preparedness and disaster response. The Leadership Development Center (LDC) is one way to effectively reach local youths and encourage them to become involved with the Red Cross. ]> <![CDATA[Prepare Bay Area Initiative Trains More Than One Million People in Disaster Preparedness]> The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter celebrated a major milestone last month, reaching its goal of training one million people in disaster preparedness skills.

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<![CDATA[Immigrant Youth Connie Xu Prepares Chinese Community for Disaster ]> For San Francisco volunteer Connie Xu, preparedness is not only something that the younger generation should have knowledge of, but it is vital for all generations to be educated about how to be prepared for a disaster. ]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Celebrates Community's Everyday Heroes at Marin County Heroes Breakfast]> MEDIA ALERT]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Celebrates San Mateo County Heroes at Breakfast on June 4]> The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter announced today the recipients of its San Mateo County Heroes Awards, all of whom will be honored at the San Mateo Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, June 4 at 8 a.m. at Dominic’s Restaurant in San Mateo. The annual program celebrates everyday heroes, recognizing those individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness. ]> MEDIA ALERT]> <![CDATA[Free Healthy Families Fair on June 6 Helps Bay Area Families Stay Safe and Healthy Through Fun and Plan]> The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, in partnership with The Clorox Company, offers free interactive classes and activities at Healthy Families Fair on Saturday, June 6 at the Oakland Museum of California.  ]> MEDIA ALERT]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Assists Residents Affected by San Francisco Power Outage]> MEDIA ALERT]> <![CDATA[American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and Partners Celebrate One Million People Trained in Disaster Preparedness]> MEDIA ALERT

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<![CDATA[Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Host Event About Sichuan Earthquake]>

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the American Red Cross Bay Area will host a Roundtable on the 2008 China Earthquake Recovery Efforts. Representatives from the Red Cross Society of China will provide an update on recovery efforts following the Sichuan Earthquake in May 2008 and will share how the more than $11 million donated from businesses and individuals in the Bay Area have been used to aid rebuilding efforts.

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<![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR SAN MATEO COUNTY HEROES EVENT]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR MARIN COUNTY HEROES EVENT]> The American Red Cross Bay Area is seeking nominations for its annual heroes award breakfast in Marin County. The program is designed to celebrate the community’s everyday heroes, recognizing those individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary kindness and courage. The heroes will be honored at the Marin County Heroes Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12 at the Seafood Peddler Restaurant in San Rafael. ]> <![CDATA[SAN FRANCISCO FASHION AND BUSINESS COMMUNITIES GATHER TO CELEBRATE AMERICAN RED CROSS DIASTER RELIEF EFFORTS ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA AND COMMUNITY JOIN TOGETHER TO PAINT THE TOWN RED AT ANNUAL GALA]> The American Red Cross Bay Area will be hosting its annual Paint the Town Red Gala on Saturday, February 28 at San Francisco City Hall. The special night will bring together more than 400 members of the Bay Area philanthropic and corporate community to raise funds in support of Red Cross disaster readiness and relief efforts in the Bay Area.  ]> <![CDATA[BAY AREA COMMUNITY PAINTED THE TOWN RED AT ANNUAL AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA GALA]> The American Red Cross Bay Area lit up the night during its annual Paint the Town Red Gala on Saturday, February 28 at San Francisco City Hall. The spectacular evening enchanted the Bay Area philanthropic and corporate community, bringing together more than 400 guests in a show of support for Red Cross disaster readiness and relief efforts in the Bay Area.]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS TRAINS MORE THAN 2,500 PEOPLE IN BAY AREA AT ANNUAL CPR SATURDAY EVENT ]> The American Red Cross amped up its ongoing efforts to better prepare the community in hosting its 28th annual CPR Saturday training event on Saturday, March 14. The Red Cross certified more than 2,500 people in CPR in eight Bay Area counties, making CPR Saturday one of the region’s largest free CPR training events. ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY POWER OUTAGES]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA OPENS EVACUATION CENTER FOR RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY VALLEJO RETIREMENT HOME FIRE]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA OPENS SERVICE CENTER FOR RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY CASA DE VALLEJO FIRE ]> 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. ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA OPENS SHELTER FOR RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY MISSION DISTRICT FIRE]> The American Red Cross Bay Area has opened a shelter tonight for the more than 50 residents displaced by the apartment complex fire in the Mission District of San Francisco. The shelter is located near where the blaze occurred earlier this evening. The Red Cross will be providing food, shelter and a warm place to sleep tonight for affected families. The shelter will remain open until alternative housing can be secured for all who were displaced. ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA MIXES HIGH FASHION AND FUNDRAISING FOR COMMUNITY DISASTER EFFORTS ]> More than 100 members of the Bay Area philanthropic community attended an invitation-only trunk show on Sunday, February 10 in anticipation of the annual Paint the Town Red Gala for the American Red Cross Bay Area. The show was hosted by gala committee members Elyse Adams and Lana Gleckman at the home of committee member Alison Davis in Tiburon, Calif. ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA HONORS SOLANO AREA HEROES AT LUAU IN SUISUN CITY ON AUG. 23]> The American Red Cross Bay Area today announced the winners of its Solano County Heroes Awards, all of whom will be honored at the Solano County Heroes Luau on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Suisun Waterfront Park in Suisun City.  Among this year’s heroes are a Vacaville police officer who rescued a stabbing victim while the perpetrator lurked in the next room and an 80-year-old woman who serves breakfast every morning to the homeless at Mission Solano in Fairfield.]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR SOLANO COUNTY HEROES EVENT]> The American Red Cross Bay Area is seeking nominations for its annual heroes awards program in Solano County. The program is designed to celebrate the community’s everyday heroes, recognizing those individuals and organizations who make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary kindness and courage. The heroes will be honored at the Solano County Heroes Luau on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Suisun Waterfront Park in Suisun City. ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA HONORS SAN MATEO COUNTY RESIDENTS AT ANNUAL BREAKFAST]> A seven-year-old girl who saved her mother’s life by calling 911 and two Belmont men who rescued middle school children pinned under an SUV following an accident were among the heroes honored by the American Red Cross Bay Area at its annual San Mateo County Heroes Breakfast on June 5 at Dominic’s Restaurant at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo. Approximately 100 people attended the breakfast event to celebrate the local heroes and provide support for the American Red Cross in the Bay Area.]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR SAN FRANCISCO HEROES EVENT]> The American Red Cross Bay Area is seeking nominations for its annual heroes awards program in San Francisco County. The program is designed to celebrate the community’s everyday heroes, recognizing those individuals and organizations who make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary kindness and courage. The heroes will be honored at the San Francisco County Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco. ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA OPENS EVACUATION CENTER IN SAN ANSELMO]> As a result of flash flood possibilities and evacuations in San Anselmo, Fairfax and Ross in Marin County, the American Red Cross Bay Area tonight opened an evacuation center at Isabel Cook School, located at 1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Anselmo, Calif., to provide shelter for residents whose homes could potentially be affected by flooding caused by the latest winter storm to hit the Bay Area. ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA OPENS SHELTER FOR RESIDENTS DISPLACED BY NOB HILL APARTMENT FIRE ]> <![CDATA[INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS PHOTO EXHIBIT SHOWCASES STRENGTH OF HUMAN SPIRIT AMID WAR ]> The American Red Cross Bay Area and the Presidio Trust are proud to announce that they will host 145 Years of Red Cross Photography: A Memory of Humanity, an exhibition showcasing historic photographs from armed conflict around the world as seen through the eyes of the affected, journalists and the humanitarian workers of the International Committee for the Red Cross. The exhibition will be on display from July 16 – August 17 at the Presidio Officers’ Club Exhibition Hall in San Francisco. Admission is free, and the exhibition is open Wednesdays – Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA AND COMMUNITY TO PAINT THE TOWN RED AT ANNUAL GALA ]> The American Red Cross Bay Area will host its annual Paint the Town Red Gala on Saturday, March 29, at San Francisco City Hall. Inspired by the ever-present and pressing need for the Bay Area to get ready for a major earthquake, the evening’s theme is “Are You Ready?” and all proceeds will benefit Red Cross disaster readiness and relief efforts in the Bay Area. More than 450 members of the Bay Area community are expected to attend this year’s event.]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA AND COMMUNITY TO PAINT THE TOWN RED AT ANNUAL GALA ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA ASSISTS 33 FREMONT RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY APARTMENT FIRE]> The American Red Cross Bay Area is on the scene providing assistance to the 33 residents displaced by this morning’s apartment complex fire at 3600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Fremont, Calif. ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA OPENS SHELTER FOR RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY DALY CITY FIRE]> The American Red Cross Bay Area is opening a shelter today at noon for residents displaced by the 85-unit apartment fire in Daly City, Calif. this morning. The shelter is located at Albert M. Teglia Community Center at 285 Abbot Avenue in Daly City. The shelter is equipped with cots and blankets, and the Red Cross will be serving meals to families affected by the blaze. The shelter will remain open until water and electricity are restored and city officials provide permission for residents to return to their homes.]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA HONORS CONTRA COSTA AREA HEROES AT BREAKFAST IN WALNUT CREEK ON OCT. 17 ]> The American Red Cross Bay Area today announced the winners of its Contra Costa Heroes Awards, all of whom will be honored at the Contra Costa Heroes Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 17 at Scott’s Restaurant and Garden in Walnut Creek.  Among this year’s heroes are a man who saved a stranger’s life by donating one of his kidneys and an advocate for the homeless who founded a walk-in center that assists more than 100 people a week.]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR CONTRA COSTA COUNTY HEROES EVENT]> <![CDATA[INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC COMMUNITY TOASTS AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA ]> More than 100 members of the Bay Area philanthropic and international diplomatic communities attended an invitation-only reception at the home of British Consul General Julian Evans and his wife Gayle Evans on Thursday, February 21, in anticipation of the annual Paint the Town Red Gala for the American Red Cross Bay Area.
 
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<![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA HONORS ALAMEDA COUNTY HEROES AT GALA IN OAKLAND ON NOV. 8 ]> The American Red Cross Bay Area today announced the winners of its Alameda County Heroes Awards, all of whom will be honored at the Alameda County Save-the-Day Heroes Gala on Saturday on November 8 at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel. ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR ALAMEDA COUNTY HEROES EVENT]> The American Red Cross Bay Area is seeking nominations for its annual heroes awards program in Alameda County. The program is designed to celebrate the community’s everyday heroes, recognizing those individuals and organizations who make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary kindness and courage. The heroes will be honored at the Alameda County Save the Day Heroes Gala on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel. ]> <![CDATA[AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA OPENS SHELTER FOR THE MORE THAN 50 RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY THE OAKLAND APARTMENT FIRE ]> The American Red Cross Bay Area has opened a shelter tonight to provide emergency shelter and food to the more than 50 residents displaced by the apartment fire at 3010 Adeline Street in Oakland. The shelter is located in Oakland near where the fire occurred in a 38-unit apartment complex earlier this evening. ]> Red Cross Bay Area

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