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(Ramona, Calif. – July 22, 2015) – In response to severe flooding throughout the Ramona area, American Red Cross disaster workers opened a shelter at Olive Peirce Middle School located at 1521 Hanson Lane, Ramona, 92065.

The shelter will provide for the immediate needs of those affected, including a safe and clean place to stay, food and clothing, emotional support and health services.  The shelter will remain open for as long as there is a need.

Red Cross disaster workers have already been in the Ramona area since Sunday, July 20 working with those affected, assessing damage and handing out assistance in form of debit cards for food and other essentials. Additionally, Red Cross teams have issued clean-up kits consisting of items like a mop, bucket, bleach, gloves and various items to begin the cleanup process.

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.

TIPS - Flooding

The Red Cross reminds everyone in flood-affected areas to stay safe and offers these tips for after the floodwaters have receded:

  • Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.
  • Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.
  • Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
  • If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
  • If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
  • Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
  • Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous.
  • Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.
  • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
  • Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • Contact your local or state public health department for specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area after a disaster as water may be contaminated.
  • Residents who have experienced damage from the storm, and do not already have a case open with the Red Cross, please call 858-309-1200.

    About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties:

    The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties 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; services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter