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Red Cross Opens Warming Shelter For Black Forest Residents

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – 1:00 p.m., December 4, 2013 – The American Red Cross will open a warming shelter at the First Baptist Church of Black Forest, 10915 Black Forest Rd. The shelter is for Black Forest residents who were affected by the Black Forest Fire or recent flooding to serve as a safe haven from the extreme cold.

The shelter will be open tonight, Dec. 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. At the shelter there will be cots, blankets, food, beverages, and comfort.

Pets will not be allowed inside the Red Cross shelter. However, arrangements have been made to shelter small animals off-site within Black Forest as well as with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Information about pet sheltering and a list of pet sheltering locations in the Black Forest area will be available at the Red Cross shelter. Those residents needing to shelter pets must check in at the Red Cross shelter at the First Baptist Church in Black Forest to make arrangements for their pets.

"We know it will be extremely cold and there are Black Forest residents in varying stages of recovery who will need a place to ride out the storm,” said Sally Broomfield, disaster program manager for the Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter. “This shelter will help them get through the next few days while the community continues to look at other alternatives.”