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American Red Cross Supporting Shelters, Continues to Monitor Winter Storm

The Western New York and Finger Lakes Regions of the American Red Cross continue to work with emergency management from across the 17 County region in response to the winter storm and bitter cold temperatures.


Red Cross staff and volunteers opened nine shelters Monday night in conjunction with the City of Rochester’s “Heat Sweep” program, with food and water donated by Wegmans. As of Tuesday morning, three shelter locations remain open:

·         Adams Street Community Center (85 Adams Street)

·         Campbell Street Community Center (524 Campbell Street)

·         David F. Gantt Community Center (700 North Street)


The Red Cross and the City of Rochester continue to monitor the situation and will determine needs moving forward. All current shelter locations can be found at


In addition, the Red Cross worked with the airline to provide vouchers for food and shelter for an international family of five left stranded at the Rochester International Airport.


The American Red Cross, WNY/Finger Lakes Regions provides an average of just over $1,000 in direct financial assistance to a family of four following a house fire. To help those affected by disasters including winter storms and house fires, please make a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, visiting, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to your phone bill.


For more information, please contact Chief Communications Officer Jay Bonafede at (716) 435-7468.