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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       

For more information contact:
Katherine Boury, American Red Cross Media Relations Officer
206-726-3547

May 22, 2007    

Red Cross Locates Disaster Supplies in Renton

Ribbon Cutting for First Disaster Relief Supply Center in Renton

Seattle, WA - On Wednesday, May 23, 2007, representatives of the American Red Cross and the City of Renton will officially dedicate the fifth Disaster Relief Supply Center (DRSC) around King County where emergency supplies are pre-positioned for use in future disasters and can be transported to emergency shelters.  The cots, blankets, hygiene kits, etc., will provide short term emergency shelter for 750 people.

The Disaster Relief Supply Center was built with a generous grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound. The ceremonious ribbon-cutting will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Renton Fire Station #16 located in 12923 156th Ave SE in Renton.  Participants will include representatives from the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties, Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound and the Mayor of Renton. 

"This Disaster Relief Supply Center will be a critical component in our disaster response and readiness planning for the Puget Sound region" stated Larry Petry, CEO for the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties.  "It will certainly help this community be better prepared and safer in the future.  This past year, we used supplies from the Disaster Relief Supply Centers to help the community during the flooding and windstorm." 

"We are extremely pleased to have this Disaster Relief Supply Center in Renton," said Renton Mayor Kathy Keolker. "The best preparation for the next disaster is to ensure that we have adequate supplies - when we are prepared for emergencies we become part of the solution. A special thanks to the American Red Cross and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound for making this possible."

The American Red Cross is the country's leading disaster relief organization, providing immediate emergency relief to those in need and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.  All Red Cross disaster relief is free, funded through the generosity of the American people. For more information about the Red Cross in King County, call (206) 323-2345 or visit www.seattleredcross.org.