Shelter to provide for immediate needs of displaced residents
SAN DIEGO – March 18, 2019 — In response to this morning’s fires in Chula Vista, American Red Cross disaster workers are working to open a shelter at the Otay Recreation Center (3554 Main St, Chula Vista, CA 91911). The shelter is anticipated to be open by 12:00 p.m.
The shelter will provide for the immediate needs of those affected by these fires who do not have a place to stay. Services include a safe and clean place to stay, food, hydration, comfort kits with personal hygiene items, emotional support and health services.
People are welcome to bring their pets with them, thanks to the San Diego Humane Society who will open an adjacent pet shelter.
The local Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by disasters. We are working closely with local emergency management and our partners to coordinate relief efforts. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and ready to assist in various aspects including sheltering, feeding, disaster assessment, casework, and more. The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties responds to about one disaster every 24 hours.
Visit redcross.org or download the free Red Cross Emergency App for more preparedness tips and safety checklists, localizable alerts, shelter locator and more.
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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 redcross.org/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
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