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Local Red Cross Closes Palomar College Shelter

Local Red Cross Closes Palomar College Shelter 

Needs of all shelter residents have been served 

SAN DIEGO — December 13, 2017— The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties has served the needs of all remaining residents at the Palomar College shelter and the shelter was officially closed on Wednesday, December 13, at 5:00 p.m. 

Up until closing the shelter, Red Cross caseworkers were on-site along with Interfaith Community Services representatives to create and implement recovery plans for individuals at the Palomar College shelter. Additionally, the Red Cross offered health services, mental health services and more. Previous Palomar College shelter residents also received services at the County of San Diego’s Local Assistance Center (LAC). 

The Red Cross will have a continued presence at the LAC at the Vista branch library, located at 700 Eucalyptus Avenue in Vista. The Red Cross has recovery information available at these centers along with medical and emotional support. Red Cross will also provide referrals to other supporting agencies. “Fire kits" that contain tarps, masks, gloves, and other cleanup materials were distributed to people who lost their homes and Red Cross volunteers also distributed cases of water, snacks and meals, rakes, shovels and sifters. For more information on the LAC and participating agencies and organizations, please click here and/or visit 

Any individuals affected by the Lilac Fire who have not yet connected with the Red Cross at the LAC can contact American Red Cross Disaster Dispatch at (855) 891-7325. 

Since requested by authorities, the local Red Cross has provided for the immediate needs of hundreds of individuals affected by the Lilac Fire. Overnight Red Cross shelters have made safe shelter, meals, beverages, comfort kits, health services, emotional support and more readily available for all those displaced. Shelters also provided a co-located area to accommodate pets in partnership with the San Diego Humane Society and City of El Cajon Animal Services, allowing displaced residents to stay close to their animals. 

We continue to work closely with our local partners and emergency management officials to coordinate response and recovery efforts moving forward. Trained Red Cross workers are on call around-the-clock and stand ready to assist in various aspects of disaster response. 

For the latest updates, please follow the local Red Cross on Facebook at and on Twitter at @SDICRedCross. 

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 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. 

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