The American Red Cross continues to work around the clock to help people affected by the winter storm. Three new shelters have opened to help individuals and families without heat and power. One shelter has closed due to a power outage.
· Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Boulevard South, Issaquah, WA
· Federal Way Community Center, 876 South 333rd Street, Federal Way, WA
· NEW: Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 3rdAvenue/Highway 169, Black Diamond, WA (Red Cross supporting with cots and blankets)
· CLOSED DUE TO POWER OUTAGE (clients moved to McLane Black Lake Fire Station): First Christian Church, 701 Franklin Street Southeast, Olympia, WA
· NEW: McLane Black Lake Fire Station, 125 Delphi Road Northwest, Olympia, WA
· NEW: Moose Lodge, 1117 Yelm Avenue West, Yelm, WA
Pierce County (Red Cross supporting the Pierce County Sheltering Program with cots, blankets, food and volunteers)
· Buckley Hall, 127 North River Road, Buckley, WA
· Sunrise Baptist Church, 12115 Shaw Road East, Puyallup, WA
If someone needs to go to a shelter, they should bring prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, toiletries, important documents and other comfort items. For families with infants and children, remember to bring items such as diapers, formula and toys. Pets are not allowed in shelters except in the case of service animals for people with disabilities.
Winter Safety Tips:
The Red Cross continues to urge residents to be vigilant about winter weather. As snow begins to melt, icy slush could clog storm drains, down spouts and small creek channels, resulting in urban flooding and small stream flooding. In addition, wind may increase overnight causing additional power outages. Keep in mind these tips:
· Clear storm drains, down spouts, and drainage ditches of snow, leaves, and debris.
· Watch for compacted slush and standing water on local roadways. It's easy to lose control of your vehicle when snow melts and roadway flooding occurs.
· Check-in with your neighbors, especially seniors and those with limited mobility.
· During power outages:
o Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Due to the strong risk of fire, do not use candles during a power outage.
o Use the phone for emergencies only. Listening to a portable radio can provide the latest information. Do not call 9-1-1 for information – only call to report a life-threatening emergency.
· Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
o Only use a generator outdoors and far from open windows and vents.
o Never use a generator or portable propane heater indoors, in garages or carports.
o Never cook or heat inside on a charcoal or gas grill.
How to Help the Red Cross:
The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. All disaster assistance is free, made possible by the voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The public can help people affected by disasters like winter storms, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcrosswashington.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
For more information about your local Red Cross chapter, please visit www.seattleredcross.org, www.rainier-redcross.org or www.redcroswashington.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Schoo, 206.726.3545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.