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September 16, 2014

Metro, the American Red Cross and the All Ready Campaign Team Up For Emergency Preparedness Month

Metro Ambassadors and volunteers from the American Red Cross and the All Ready Campaign will be distributing emergency preparedness information at several Metro transit locations this Thursday, September 18, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and Metro, the Red Cross, and the All Ready Campaign are teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for all kinds of emergencies and disasters.

In addition to receiving Red Cross and ALLReadySTL emergency preparedness information, Metro passengers will be given forms to enter a drawing for a chance to win one of eight Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kits. The forms can be filled out on the spot, or online at www.metrostlouis.org, or mailed to Metro at 707 North First Street, Mailstop #146, St. Louis, MO 63102. All entries are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 26.

Volunteers from the Red Cross, the All Ready Campaign and Metro Ambassadors will be stationed at the:
Shrewsbury Lansdowne I-44 MetroLink Station, 7201 Lansdowne Ave., Shrewsbury, MO
Rock Road MetroLink Station, 7019 St. Charles Rock Road, Saint Louis, MO
Delmar Loop MetroLink Station, 660 Rosedale, Saint Louis, MO
Grand MetroLink Station, 3560 Scott Avenue, Saint Louis, MO
Union Station MetroLink Station, 300 South 18th Street, Saint Louis, MO
Emerson Park MetroLink Station, 929 North 15th Street, East St. Louis, IL
Riverview-Hall Transit Center, 9021 Riverview Drive, Saint Louis, MO

**Nicole Hawkins from the American Red Cross will be available for media interviews from 3-5 p.m. at the Union Station MetroLink Station.

About the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region:
Celebrating 97 years of dedicated service in the region, approximately 2,000 volunteers serve the city of St. Louis and 66 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. Representing more than 90 percent of the workforce, they help prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters, teach lifesaving classes, help veterans, military members and their families, support blood drives and help refugees find their loved ones. Along with our generous donors, volunteers make it possible to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. To learn more about Red Cross programs and how you can help, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.

About All Ready:
All Ready is an emergency preparedness initiative designed to help the St. Louis region better anticipate and prepare for emergencies through the individual preparedness efforts of residents. This effort combines resources from emergency preparedness experts around the region and nation in a single place to make preparing for emergencies simple. Through All Ready, residents can learn about and implement the three simple steps to emergency preparedness: 1) Make a plan. 2) Get a kit. 3) Be informed. Learn more at www.AllReadySTL.com.

About Bi-State Development Agency:
The Bi-State Development Agency/Metro (BSDA/Metro) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 379 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA/Metro also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility.

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