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    September 12, 2019
    Local Event Provides a Behind the Scenes Look at Red Cross Disaster Operations
    Camarillo, Calif., September 10, 2019 A disaster strikes and the American Red Cross responds – and many of your neighbors have experienced it firsthand. But how exactly does the Red Cross help when someone like you has been forced to evacuate your home . . . at just a moment’s notice . . . with just your cellphone and the clothes on your back? Visit the Shelter of Hope in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, October 20, 2019, to find out. The Red Cross exhibition will be presented as part of the 28th Annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair.
    “Very few people know exactly what goes on in a disaster shelter,” relates Dan Maguire, Disaster Program Manager for the Ventura County Chapter. “That's the point of this exhibition, to make sure people understand that the Red Cross is always there for our community during its greatest need and to learn how we as a community can help in a disaster."
    The Shelter of Hope will provide guests with a behind-the-scene look at a simulated Red Cross emergency shelter, complete with sleeping facilities, feeding areas, and health services stations. Red Cross emergency vehicles and equipment will also be on display, staffed with local Red Cross volunteers who will share their stories and can answer any questions.
    Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
    Time: 9 AM – 4 PM
    Location: Moorpark Road & Hillcrest Rd, Thousand Oaks, California 91360
    For complete details and a schedule of events visit: https://www.redcross.org/local/california/central-california/about-us/news-and-events/events/shelter-of-hope-thousand-oaks.html
    The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters every year, including many right here in Southern California. An average of 90 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is more than 90% led by volunteers who provide relief and comfort to families in their local communities and all across the country.
    All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. Help people affected by disasters like earthquakes and wildfires by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
    Dave Wagner
    (818) 807-9350