January 26, 2013 – The American Red Cross shelter at Anderson Memorial Senior Center at 828 S. Mesa Street in San Pedro closed at 4:00pm today.
Over twenty five area residents were forced from their homes on January 22 when the San Pedro Inn caught on fire. Over 50 volunteers provided emergency shelter, served 360 meals and over 400 snacks and water to the evacuated residents.
Red Cross caseworkers have been working with the individuals to make sure all their immediate emergency needs are met and have found a place to stay. The residents will not be able to return home due to the extensive damage and have found temporary housing elsewhere.
The Red Cross was able to quickly set up and operate this shelter thanks to partnerships with other organizations: City of San Pedro, City of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department, Department of Mental Health, Department of Social Services, Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department. As well as local organizations, business and residents who provided clothing and meals for the residents.
Those seeking more information about assistance should call the American Red Cross at (855) 891-7325.
To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can - visit www.redcrosslb.org.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
American Red Cross Greater Long Beach/Rio Hondo chapters serve the 21 cities of:
Artesia, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Carson, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Long Beach, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Paramount, Santa Fe Springs, San Pedro, Signal Hill, Whittier, Wilmington the 2 ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the Island of Catalina.