Red Cross provides support after fatal plane crash

February 17, 2010 4:45:30 PM PST
The Bay Area chapter of the American Red Cross has been providing supplies and support for dozens of people near the scene of the plane crash in East Palo Alto this morning, as well as to family members of those killed in the accident, a director of the chapter said.

Red Cross volunteers responded shortly after the plane crash, which happened shortly before 8 a.m. on Beech Street near Pulgas Avenue, according to Emily White, director of preparedness for the Bay Area chapter.

The volunteers have been providing food, water and emotional support services to people affected by the crash, as well as emergency personnel who responded to the scene, White said.

The Red Cross has also set up a center at the East Palo Alto YMCA, located at 550 Bell St., where additional supplies and emotional support services are available to family members of the three people who were killed in the plane.

White said three members of the victims' families have stopped by the center so far.

The Red Cross will also be providing shelter to anyone who is unable to return to their homes due to damage from the crash, White said.

She said the organization is "sort of in a wait and see mode" about the number of people who will need housing tonight, because a part of the neighborhood near the crash might have to be evacuated while the National Transportation Safety Board conducts its investigation.

She said the YMCA would become the shelter location if people from the neighborhood are evacuated.

"We will certainly find a place for everyone that needs it to be housed tonight," White said.

Any residents affected by the crash may contact the Red Cross at (888) 4-HELP-BAY for assistance.