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Red Cross Continues Shelter, Canteen Operations For Chariot Fire

SAN DIEGO - July 9, 2013 – In response to the Chariot Fire evacuations, American Red Cross disaster workers are continuing shelter operations at Joan MacQueen Middle School, located at 2001 Tavern Road, Alpine. The shelter’s overnight count was four clients.

The shelter is providing immediate needs of those affected, including a safe place to stay, food and clothing, emotional support and health services. Meals are being provided. The shelter will remain open as long as there is a need.

The Red Cross is also providing canteen services to first responders. Red Cross canteen services are not well known to the public, but are an essential support service for firefighters, law enforcement and other emergency personnel at the scene of an incident. Red Cross canteens allow responders to concentrate on service delivery while relying on the Red Cross’s support in the form of meals, hydration, and personal toiletries and supplies.

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the 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. Financial contributions for Red Cross Disaster Relief allow us to respond to a disaster every 24 hours.

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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, Twitter and YouTube.