Disaster Update: San Bruno Explosion

September 10, 2010

Disaster Update

Below are current Red Cross Bay Area Chapter activities in response to the San Bruno fire, and how people can help.

If you have been in contact with loved ones in San Bruno, the best way to share information about their well-being is to register them with the Red Cross Safe and Well website.

  • For those who do not have Internet access, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to register your loved ones. Follow the prompts for disaster information.
  • The information you post on the Safe and Well website will let other loved ones know about the well-being of those affected by this disaster
  • Concerned family members who know the person’s phone number (home, cell or work) or a complete home address can search for messages posted about their loved ones.

In-Kind Donations
The American Red Cross is unable to accept donations of food, clothing or medicine for people affected by disasters because of the large amount of valuable manpower to process items, the logistical difficulties in storing and delivering these items. The most effective way to help the people affected by this disaster is to make a financial donation to support American Red Cross disaster relief efforts. The Red Cross uses these donations to purchase cots, blankets, food, water, toiletries and other essential items that will help affected individuals following a disaster.

Blood Donations
Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment to donate blood or go online to www.redcrossbayarea.org and click on the blood services link.

The American Red Cross provides relief efforts thanks to thousands of trained volunteers. Red Cross volunteers undergo special training to provide them with the ability to safely and efficiently provide relief services. If you are interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer to help in future disaster, you may fill out a volunteer application online at www.redcrossbayarea.org. You can also call the Volunteer Resources hotline at (415) 427-8052.

You can help those affected by local disasters such as the San Bruno fire by visiting our website at www.redcrossbayarea.org/donate and donating to disaster relief. Donations may also be sent to the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, 85 Second Street, 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, or made by phone at 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722).

Disaster Alert: Explosion/Fire in California

September 10, 2010

Disaster Alert

California – A gas explosion in San Bruno ignited a large fire that destroyed dozens of homes, damaged scores of others and left thousands of residents without power on Thursday. One fatality and multiple injuries reported. A State of Emergency was issued for the affected area.

The ARC of the Bay Area Chapter deployed a Disaster Action Teams (DAT), opened two shelters for evacuees and collaborated with local agencies to assist disaster victims as needed.

The Chapter worked with the Disaster Operation Center to initiate the Safe and Well web site.

Disaster Alert: Explosion in Pennsylvania

September 2, 2010

Disaster Alert

Pennsylvania – A series of explosions at a welding supply company injured several people and forced the evacuation of about 200 homes and 50 businesses in Collingdale on Wednesday.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter opened a reception center at the Folcroft Fire Department, provided emotional support to 104 clients, served 150 meals and 150 snacks to responders. The chapter also placed a shelter team on standby.

The Chester-Wallingford Chapter provided support to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter.

Disaster Alert: Explosion in South Carolina

August 24, 2010

Disaster Alert
South Carolina – A substation exploded in Oconee County and left thousands of local residents without power on Monday. Oconee County Chapter and Upstate South Carolina Chapter deployed a Disaster Action Team, opened a shelter and provided canteening to affected-area residents and emergency responders.

Disaster Alert: Explosion in Denver

June 8, 2010

Disaster Alert

Colorado – An explosion at a power substation in Denver County left 30,000 people without power and emitted smoke that affected nearby residents on Monday.

The Mile High Chapter deployed DAT, provided canteen services for emergency responders and opened an evacuation shelter for affected-area residents.

Disaster Alert: Explosion in Texas

June 8, 2010

Disaster Alert

Texas – A work crew hit a gas line in Johnson County causing a large explosion on Monday. Multiple injuries and a fatality reported.

The Chisholm Trail Chapter deployed a Disaster Action Team, provided canteen services for emergency responders and communicated with local emergency management.

The Heart of Texas Chapter contacted local emergency management, placed DAT on standby and was ready to assist if needed.

Disaster Alert: Explosion in Puerto Rico

October 23, 2009

Disaster Alert

San Juan, Puerto Rico - Several large gas tanks exploded causing a fire at a gasoline storage facility in San Juan this morning prompting an evacuation of residents in the affected area. The local chapter deployed a Disaster Action Team (DAT), provided bulk distribution of comfort kits (non-American Red Cross shelter), and staffed the Emergency Operation Center (EOC).

Disaster Alert: Explosion in Michigan

August 5, 2009

Disaster Alert

Michigan – A factory explosion in Crio yesterday resulted in the evacuation of about 1,000 people because of bad air quality in the area. The Genesee Lapeer chapter opened a shelter and fed the affected residents.

Disaster Alert: Pennsylvania Explosion

August 5, 2009

Disaster Alert

Pennsylvania – An explosion in Luzerne County resulted in the destruction of three homes. Multiple injuries were reported. The Chapter deployed Disaster Action Team and provided canteen services and mental health assistance to residents in the affected area.

Chapters Responding:
Wyoming Valley (Regional Chapter), Wilkes-Barre, PA

Disaster Alert: Mississippi Explosion

August 5, 2009

Disaster Alert

Mississippi – A methane explosion within an apartment complex caused the evacuation of affected area residents in Hancock County on Friday, July 31. The Chapters deployed Disaster ActionTeam (DAT), opened a shelter and provided Mass Care to the clients.

Chapters Responding:
South Central Mississippi
Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter


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