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Red Cross Sheltering Efforts Continue Across WNY

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The American Red Cross continues to operate and support multiple shelters across Western New York in response to the ongoing lake effect snow event. 128 people spent Wednesday evening in shelters being operated by Red Cross staff and volunteers:


·         Alexander Fireman’s Recreation Hall (7 overnight residents)
10708 Alexander Road, Alexander

·         Harlem Road Community Center (13 overnight residents)
4255 Harlem Road, Amherst

·         Lackawanna Senior Center (16 overnight residents)
234 Martin Road, Lackawanna

·         Orchard Park Presbyterian Church (89 overnight residents)
4369 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park

·         Ripley Fire Hall (3 overnight residents)
11 South State Street, Ripley


In addition, the Red Cross is supporting operations being run by partner organizations:

·         Buffalo Fire Department
(supporting with food and 50 cots, blankets and comfort kits)

·         Cheektowaga Senior Center (supporting with blankets)
3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga

·         Cheektowaga Fire Department
(supporting with food)

·         Jamison Road, Elma
(Supporting with 50 cots and blankets)

·         Townline Fire Department (supporting with 20 cots and blankets)
6507 Broadway, Lancaster

Red Cross staff and volunteers are in contact with emergency officials from across Western New York to monitor additional weather warning and the potential for roof collapses and flooding, and are ready to expand the response as needed.

The Red Cross urges everyone to heed travel warnings and stay off the roads if possible. Residents should ensure that furnace vents are clear of snow in order to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Should residents lose power, don’t use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices in any enclosed area. Locate units away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Additional winter storm safety tips are available at

Many people have been forced to shelter in place due to this storm. Tips on what should be in a home disaster preparedness kit are available at