Earthquake Update From the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter

San Diego/Imperial Counties, April 8, 2010 – The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, in partnership with other agencies, continues to provide assistance such as sheltering, hydration, feeding, health and mental services to those affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, which struck Mexicali on Sunday, April 4, 2010.

SHELTER RELOCATION:

The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter has relocated shelter operations to a new location in El Centro, California. The shelter at Kennedy Middle School, 900 N. 6th Street, El Centro, CA 92243 is now closed.

A new Red Cross shelter is now open at:

Ryerson Hall, Desert Trails RV Park

225 Wake Avenue

El Centro, CA 92243
The shelter located at Kennedy Middle School was shut down due to a problem in the boiler room of the shelter building.  In the interest of ensuring the safety and comfort of those needing assistance, the Red Cross and county officials have been conducting ongoing inspections on the buildings in the affected region to determine if the structures were compromised during one of the many aftershocks that followed the initial quake. For more information, please visit www.sdarc.org.

REQUEST FOR HYDRATION:

The city of Mexicali, Mexico has requested 90,000 liters of bottled water. Due to the generosity of United Packaging Group, the American Red Cross has been able to meet this request and is providing 90,000 liters of bottled water to the city of Mexicali, Mexico. The first shipment of water went out this morning and the final shipment will be made tomorrow, Friday, April 9, 2010.

The American Red Cross is currently accepting monetary donations to aid those affected by a disaster. If you would like to help, please donate online at www.sdarc.org to the San Diego/Imperial Counties Disaster Relief Fund (to aid those affected in California) or to the International Relief Fund (to aid those affected by the earthquake in Mexicali and other disasters worldwide). You can also mail your donation (in check or money order) to: The American Red Cross 3950 Calle Fortunada San Diego, CA 92123.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Counties “America’s most prepared communities.” With the public’s ongoing support we provide life saving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit www.sdarc.org.