LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7, 2020 — The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is helping the residents affected by this morning’s tragic fire on Venice Blvd. in Mid-City. An emergency shelter located at Queen Anne Recreation Center (1240 West Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019) has opened to provide overnight accommodations.
The Red Cross is providing one-on-one support to assess the needs of the people affected and provide them with warm meals, a safe and clean place to sleep and comfort kits with personal hygiene items and toiletries.
Queen Anne Recreation Center
1240 West Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019
“Our hearts go out to our neighbors who were impacted by this fire,” said Joselito Garcia-Ruiz, Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “Because these disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, please help stay safe by testing your smoke alarms each month and practicing your home fire escape plan until everyone in your household can escape in two minutes or less.”
Since July 1 of 2019, local Red Cross volunteers have responded to help people affected by more than 200 home fires in our community. For home fire safety resources and tips, visit redcross.org/fire or download the free Red Cross Emergency App (search “American Red Cross” in app stores or go to redcross.org/apps).
HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN SAVE LIVES Home fires take seven lives each day in the U.S., most often in homes without working smoke alarms. That’s why the Red Cross is working with partners to install free smoke alarms in high-risk communities and help families create escape plans through its Home Fire Campaign — which has reached more than 2.2 million people and saved 699 lives nationwide. In the Los Angeles Region, the volunteers and local partners installed more than 12,200 free smoke alarms and made more than 3,800 households safer from the threat of home fires during 2019.
Follow @RedCrossLA on Twitter for the latest updates on our disaster relief efforts, shelter information and more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. 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 redcross.org/la or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.