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Additional Shelters on Standby as WNY Prepares for Flooding

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The American Red Cross is putting shelter locations on standby as the National Weather Service has issued Flood Warning for parts of Western New York through Monday afternoon. Staff and volunteers are in contact state, county and local officials to monitor the situation and identify and prepare to meet community needs.


Red Cross volunteers continue to operate a shelter at the Iroquois Middle School, located at 211 Girdle Road in Elma, where 41 people spent Saturday night. An additional nine residents spent the night at the Red Cross shelter at Goodell Fire Hall in Irving. The Irving shelter has since been closed as travel bans and road closures continue to be lifted.


There are currently over 100 Red Cross volunteers working on the lake effect storm relief operation. The majority of the volunteer workforce is from Western New York, but many Red Cross volunteers from across New York State have come in to help in the relief efforts. Since the response began on Tuesday, the Red Cross has:

·         Provided over 800 overnight shelter stays

·         Served nearly 2,200 meals and snacks

·         Distributed 13 comfort kits

·         Made 94 Health Services contacts and 109 Mental Health contacts


The Red Cross is currently making plans to ensure that we can continue to meet the emergency needs of the Western New York community in to this holiday week.


With flood warnings in effect, residents are urged to put together an emergency preparedness kit in case of evacuation, including:

·         At least a 3-day supply of water and non-perishable food

·         First Aid kit

·         Medications

·         Personal hygiene items

·         Copies of personal documents

·         Cell phone and chargers

·         Family and emergency contact information



Stay away from flood waters; six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep a person off their feet. Do not drive on flooded roads; most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. Download the free Red Cross Flood App from iTunes or Google Play for safety tips and real time weather warnings. Additional flood safety and emergency preparedness information is available at