Texas – An explosion at a hotel in Corpus Christi damaged dozens of units and affected scores of people on Thursday. Multiple injuries reported.
On September 9, a main gas line ruptured and exploded igniting a San Bruno neighborhood, displacing hundreds of residents and causing several injuries and deaths.
The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has been assisting the affected residents, providing shelter, food and drinks, crisis counseling and additional assistance to help with their recovery.
Today, residents whose homes were not damaged or destroyed by the blast will be able to return to their homes. Residents are being registered at Skyline Community College located at 3300 College Avenue in San Bruno beginning at noon today, and will be allowed back into the affected neighborhoods in shifts. The Red Cross is positioned a the college and is distributing snacks, drinks and cleaning kits.
The Red Cross has also deployed volunteers to provide comfort, emotional support and crisis counseling to residents as they return to their homes. Volunteers will be available to speak with residents at Skyline Community College and neighborhood entry points.
For the more than 100 people whose homes were destroyed or damaged, the Red Cross caseworkers are continuing to work with them at the local area assistance center to determine their needs and provide additional assistance to help with their recovery. The local area assistance center is located at Veterans Memorial Recreation Center, located at 251 City Park Way in San Bruno.
Also this morning, the Old Navy store in San Bruno opened to approximately 100 residents that the Red Cross met with over the last few days to allow them the opportunity to replace clothing lost in the fire.
More than 100 volunteers are responding to the incident from throughout the region with additional resources on standby throughout the state. The chapter call center in the Oakland office remains open today to handle the high volume of calls from the public offering assistance and donations.
The media has been erroneously reporting that the Red Cross is accepting donations of goods. Please note, that all individual donations of goods may dropped off at Bay Area Salvation Army and Goodwill stores (see talking points below for specific locations).
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.
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.
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).
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 Chapter worked with the Disaster Operation Center to initiate the Safe and Well web site.
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.
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.