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Red Cross opens shelter for residents affected by rainstorms

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at San Marcos High School, located at 4750 Hollister Avenue, for residents affected by Friday’s flash flooding and evacuations.

Red Cross volunteers will be providing lodging, water, meals, health services and comfort.

“Our disaster teams have been ready to respond in case of a disaster like this one,” said Red Cross
Executive Director Kimberly Coley, “We will continue to work closely with our government and community
partners to provide assistance for as long as there is a need.”

With a stronger storm approaching the Central Coast, additional Red Cross shelters may open throughout Santa Barbara County.


The Red Cross wants residents to be ready for disasters big and small, including landslides and flooding. Follow a few safety tips to prepare for, respond to, and recover from severe winter weather: Create and practice an evacuation plan for your family or business. Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit. Watch the patterns of storm water drainage on slopes near your home. Listen for unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together. Before re-entering your home, look outside for loose powerlines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks, or other damage.

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