High heat, humidity and power outages prompt opening of cooling station in Gang Mills
The American Red Cross is opening a shelter at the Gang Mills Fire Department, 125 Forest Drive, Painted Post in response to power outages in the Erwin area. Individuals affected by the heat and power outages can come to the cooling station for water, snacks and air conditioning. The cooling station will remain open until the temperature decreases this evening and will be evaluated Thursday morning to open if it becomes necessary. Water and air conditioning will be available at the offices of the American Red Cross, 911 Stowell Street in Elmira and 123 West Market Street in Corning during regular hours of operation, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time. For prolonged power outages there are steps people can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of the household as comfortable as possible.
According to American Red Cross of Western New York Region Disaster Services Manager Judy Coleman, “Our team of dedicated volunteers and staff is ready to respond and help families in need over the next few days. This is a time when we really rely upon our trained volunteers to provide compassionate care. We couldn’t do what we do without them.”
For more information on what to do when temperatures rise, people can visit redcross.org, download the Red Cross Heat Wave Safety Checklist, or download the free Red Cross First Aid app. The app is available for iPhone and Android smart phone and tablet users in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. People can learn how to treat heat-related and other emergencies by taking First Aid and CPR/AED training online or in person. Go to redcross.org/takeaclass for information and to register.