Health center for San Bruno blast victims to be established 

As people affected by the natural-gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno work to put their lives back together, a recovery center for victims will be established by the Red Cross in the city’s downtown thanks in part to a $100,000 gift from a local health care district.

On Sept. 9, a pipeline owned by PG&E exploded, killing eight people, injuring more than 50 people and destroying 38 homes.

In the immediate aftermath of the blast, the Red Cross set up a disaster assistance center for residents who needed help.

Now the board of the Peninsula Health Care District has approved a donation to the Red Cross to support the opening of the San Bruno Resource and Recovery Center, which officials said will be a “one-stop outpost” with case workers, mental health services and educational information.

The $100,000 will fund improvements to a commercial space on San Mateo Avenue for the center.

“The Red Cross identified a need for a centralized, accessible location to administer long-term recovery services in order to better serve the community during this challenging time,” Harold Brooks, the CEO of the American Red Cross’ Bay Area chapter, said in a statement. “We are grateful to the district for helping to make this center
a reality.”

Also, the health care district recently honored San Bruno officials and emergency responders as “community health champions” for their leadership during and after the disaster.

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