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American Red Cross Opens Shelter For Residents Evacuated Due to Pala Fire

SAN DIEGO, August 29, 2011 – In response to the Pala fire, American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Jim Banks Recreation Center located at 12194 Pala Mission Rd. Approximately 30 homes have been evacuated thus far and the shelter population currently stands at 40 people.

The shelter will provide the immediate needs of those affected including a safe place to stay, food and clothing, emotional support and health services. The shelter will remain open until all residents can be relocated or return to their homes.

The local American Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by disasters. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and are ready to assist in various aspects including disaster assessment, casework, shelter, feeding and more. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter responds to a disaster every 24 hours. Persons with disaster-caused needs are encouraged to call the Red Cross at (858) 309-1200 to talk about assistance that may be available.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit Please also connect with us on Facebook and YouTube.