(Napa, California - August 31, 2014) Since the 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Napa Valley on August 24, the American Red Cross has been on the ground, providing assistance to affected residents. The organization has mobilized more than 200 Red Cross staff and volunteers to assist in damage assessment, casework and the distribution of relief supplies, food, water and snacks.
A Red Cross Emergency Assistance Center will open beginning Monday, September 1. The site will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel, Carneros Meeting Room at 3425 Solano Avenue in Napa. The center gives affected families the opportunity to meet one-on-one with trained Red Cross caseworkers who will assess their disaster-caused needs and provide information to help individuals move toward recovery.
“We encourage all impacted residents from Napa and Solano counties to stop by the Emergency Assistance Center,” said Tim Miller, Regional CEO, American Red Cross. “We have caring volunteers and staff ready to support a community still processing what happened and who need assistance planning how to move forward.”
In addition to the Red Cross Emergency Assistance Center, the Red Cross overnight shelters in Napa and Vallejo continue to provide for the immediate needs of those affected, including a safe place to stay, food and clothing, emotional support, health services and clean-up supplies (work gloves, masks, etc.). The shelters will remain open as long as there is a need.
Red Cross Shelters are currently open at:
Crosswalk Community Church at 2590 First Street in Napa
Florence Douglas Senior Center at 333 Amador Street in Vallejo
Impacted residents may also call the Napa Quake Red Cross Information Hotline at (877) 978-2725 for assistance.
HOW TO HELP
Help people affected by disasters like earthquakes in California and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Red Cross has enough volunteers for this response at this time. Meantime, if you want to be trained as a Red Cross disaster volunteer to respond to future disasters, sign up at www.redcross.org/volunteer.
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About American Red Cross:
As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. By helping people learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Visit redcross.org to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.