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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, October 13, 2015

—Archdiocese of Los Angeles is First Catholic Diocese or Archdiocese in United States to Partner with Red Cross to Provide Emergency Shelters—

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Los Angeles American Red Cross (Red Cross) will announce partnership, to use parish
halls and school gyms as shelters for emergencies in Southern California, at a school preparedness day and press conference
today at 9 a.m. at Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Boyle Heights (directions and parking instructions below). Following
the announcement, students from Salesian High School and School of Santa Isabel (elementary school) will break out into
workshops where they will learn about emergency preparedness and safe behaviors, make personal emergency preparedness
kits, and experience a simulated earthquake in the “Shakey Quakey School House.”
Disasters deprive families of homes and belongings, and may cause major disruptions for children and the community. Prepared
shelters within communities are a vital resource to providing warmth, safety, and comfort to those affected by disaster and this
first-ever agreement between the Red Cross and a Catholic Archdiocese will help expand shelter capacity to serve communities
in need. This partnership is based on a master agreement, with each parish or school deciding whether to participate and apply
to be a Red Cross shelter.
RECAP
WHO:  Bishop David G. O’Connell: Auxiliary Bishop of the San Gabriel Pastoral Region,
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
 Dr. Kevin Baxter: Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
 Alex Chacon: Principal, Bishop Mora Salesian High School
 Jarrett Barrios: CEO, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region
 Margaret Arbini-Madonna: Executive Director, American Red Cross Long Beach/Rio Hondo Chapter
 Students from School of Santa Isabel and Bishop Mora Salesian High School
WHAT: Press conference announcing partnership between Archdiocese and Red Cross; emergency preparedness activities
with elementary and high school students
WHEN: Monday, October 5, 2015 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Bishop Mora Salesian High School, Multi-Purpose Room**
960 S. Soto St., Los Angeles, CA 90023
**Parking instructions: Salesian is located on Soto St. between 7th St. and Whittier Blvd. From the corner of Soto St. and
Whittier Blvd., turn east, and go one block to Mathews St. Turn right down Mathews St. The street dead-ends at the high
school parking lot. That is on the north side of the football field. Walk up the stairs, and the Multi-Purpose Room is across the
plaza.

Contact

Adrian Marquez Alarcon October 5, 2015
Office: (213) 637-7216, Cell: (323) 682-1770
amarquez@la-archdiocese.org
Phyllis Cohn
(310) 775-5288
Phyllis.cohn@redcross.org

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