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Red Cross Closes Emergency Shelter

The Red Cross strongly encourages those that live in the affected area to only return home when local officials state that it’s safe to do so.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee, December 19, 2013 – The American Red Cross shelter at the Fairfield Church of Christ in Centerville will be closing today at 1:00 p.m. Five residents stayed overnight after they couldn’t return to their homes due to the recycling plant fire in Lyles, Tennessee. Residents are expected to be allowed to return home this evening. If residents are not able to return to their homes, they will be provided another night of emergency lodging.

“We want to ensure that residents in the affected area have their emergency needs met,” said Disaster Program Manager, Bobby Young. “The Red Cross strongly encourages those that live in the affected area to only return home when local officials state that it’s safe to do so.”

The Red Cross opened a shelter, yesterday, to provide lodging, meals, snacks, water and to replace any emergency medications to residents in the affected area. Mobile feeding trucks were on the scene overnight and this afternoon to provide snacks and water to responders.

"We would like to thank the our partners at the Fairfield Church of Christ for opening their doors to assist residents in the community with an emergency shelter overnight and members of the Church of Christ Disaster Relief for providing those who were impacted by the fire with food boxes, hygiene items, bedding and cleaning supplies to help them as they return to their homes," said Young.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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