Red Cross Sets Up Emergency Shelters In Napa, Vallejo For Quake-Displaced Residents

NAPA (CBS SF) — A second Red Cross evacuation center has opened to help anyone without shelter after Sunday morning’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake near American Canyon.

Nearly 50 people have registered for services at an American Red Cross shelter in Napa following a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near American Canyon early Sunday morning, a Red Cross spokesman said.

Nineteen families containing 47 people have registered at the shelter at Crosswalk Community Church at 2590 First St., Red Cross spokesman Woody Baker-Cohn said.

Baker-Cohn said the church opened around 9 a.m. as a place for people to come get food, drinks and information about the services they can receive following the quake.

However, he said by noontime it was clear that the church would have to open as a shelter because most of the people that came were renters with no insurance or family in the area and would need to stay overnight.

The first shelter is at the Crosswalk Community Church in Napa. That one is at 2590 First St., and is open for overnight stays.

Red Cross officials have opened a second center at the Florence Douglas Center, 333 Amador St., in Vallejo.

That center is also open for overnight stays, according to Red Cross officials.

Currently, Red Cross officials say they have enough supplies to assist those affected by the quake. Therefore, the organization is not accepting in-kind donations of water, clothes or other material goods at this time.



Dozens of people were injured in the 3:20 a.m. quake, including a child who was critically injured when pieces of a fireplace fell at a home.

The child has been airlifted to a trauma center for treatment of the injuries, Napa fire Battalion Chief John Callanan said.


The quake sparked fires in six different areas around the city, including one that destroyed or damaged six mobile homes, Callanan said.

Much of the downtown area is blocked off this morning after several buildings were damaged, he said.

“We want to keep people away from the buildings that are obviously damaged,” he said.

Some of the historic buildings damaged included the Napa County Courthouse and the Goodman Library.


Napa police Capt. Steve Potter said authorities have already received donations, including lumber to help board up broken windows.

Potter cited the “relative calm” among the residents of Napa and said that the city’s 911 system was able to handle the number of calls it received, although it briefly “maxed out.”

City Manager Mike Parness said the city declared a local state of emergency at 7:59 a.m. — Gov. Jerry Brown issued his own state of emergency later Sunday morning — and said all of the city’s available workforce are at hand Sunday to assess damage and provide services to the community.

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