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Volunteers to distribute earthquake safety information in Northwest Reno on Saturday



Who: Volunteers from the American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that helps people prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies, will join volunteers from HOPE worldwide, a faith-based volunteer organization.

What: Volunteers will canvass door-to-door throughout Northwest Reno neighborhoods, talk with residents and leave behind earthquake safety information.

When: Saturday, April 24, 2010. Volunteers will convene at 9 a.m. at McQueen High School for orientation. Canvassing will occur between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Where: McQueen High School, 6055 Lancer Street in Reno. (Look for the American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle.)

Why: The canvassing area was chosen because of its proximity to the 2008 earthquake cluster. Nevada is a very seismically active state and with major earthquakes making headlines worldwide in recent months, the Red Cross wants to remind local residents how they can prepare for and be safe in the event of a large earthquake. This project is being funded by a grant from State Farm Insurance.

The American 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 Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, call 775-856-1000 or visit our website at www.nevada.redcross.org.

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