SAN DIEGO, October 28, 2010 – The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is responding to a fatal shootout at an apartment in the Skyline Area of southeast San Diego. The local Red Cross has assisted approximately 100 people including first responders and evacuated residents and will continue to provide services as long as they are needed.

The Red Cross has opened canteen services and is providing food, hydration, clothing, blankets, teddy bears, mental health services and shelter as needed.

The local American Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by disasters. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and are ready to assist in various aspects including disaster assessment, casework, shelter, feeding and more. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter responds to a disaster every 24 hours.

Persons with disaster-caused needs are encouraged to call the Red Cross at (858) 309-1200 to talk about assistance that may be available.

About the American Red Cross San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties “America’s Most Prepared Community.” As a charitable organization and not a government agency, the Red Cross depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The local chapter also provides nutritional counseling through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information, please call (858) 309-1200 or visit http://www.sdarc.org/NewsView/tabid/.

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