The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter for residents living in the Alpha Towers apartment complex following a flood Monday evening. Residents were transported via TARTA buses to the temporary shelter located at UAW Local 12 on 2300 Ashland Avenue in Toledo.
Red Cross staff and volunteers opened the shelter following a mandatory evacuation of 165 units at the complex. Fifty-three people from those units stayed overnight in the shelter and were provided cots, blankets, pillows, water, and snacks. Breakfast was served early this morning, and additional meals will be served as long as there is a need.
“We are working closely with the building management and other city and community agencies and officials to find a more long-term solution for these residents,” said Tim Yenrick, regional CEO of American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio. “Our staff and volunteers train and prepare to respond to help our community in times of need just like this one.”
The Red Cross will continue working with the residents to assess and meet their immediate needs. In the days ahead, Red Cross workers and local partners will support those who need some extra help to make individual recovery plans and connect them to other services to support additional needs.
All Red Cross disaster relief is provided free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the American people. To support the Red Cross and disasters like this one, people can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or contact the local chapter located at 3100 West Central in Toledo.