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Red Cross Responding to Severe Weather Across Western and Central NY

Young man stands in the wreckage of a house destroyed by a tornado

The American Red Cross response to flooding in Chautauqua County continues. Volunteers are currently opening a shelter at Silver Creek Central School, One Dickinson Street in Silver Creek to provide displaced residents a safe place to stay, food, blankets and support. The shelter at the Westfield High School is currently in standby mode, as all 11 earlier residents were able to make alternate accommodations.

 

Earlier Tuesday evening, Tornado Warnings were issued for parts of Allegany, Schuyler and Steuben Counties, and as of 6pm, most of the Western and Central New York Region remains under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, Flash Flood Warning, Flood Warning, or Flash Flood Watch. The Red Cross is in constant contact with emergency officials across the Region and is prepared to launch an additional response as needed.

 

Download the free Red Cross Emergency App: The Red Cross Emergency App provides people with instant access to emergency alerts and life-saving information. Available for smart phones and tablets, it includes content on what to do before, during and after a variety of severe weather events. Users can customize more than 35 emergency weather alerts based on their location and where loved ones live.

Other features include:

·         “Make a Plan” helps families figure out what to do and where to go if a disaster strikes;

·         Preloaded emergency preparedness content is available in English And Spanish and can be accessed without mobile connectivity;

·         “Family Safe” allows people to notify loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency or disaster; and

·         A real-time map with open Red Cross shelter locations and weather information.

The app is available in app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps. Additional tornado safety tips can be found at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado, and flood safety tips are available at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood.

The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. You can help people affected by disasters like flooding, home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.