Shelters Open as Bitter Cold Temperatures Take Hold
The American Red Cross and other local organizations are supporting communities affected by the severe cold weather, by opening shelters for residents who need assistance. Across much of the country this week, people are experiencing bitter cold temperatures that plunge down as low as negative 40 degrees with the wind chill in some parts.
Thursday night 17 shelters were open in nine states with more than 240 people seeking warmth and safety. Red Cross shelters provide families and individuals refuge from the freezing temperatures, a safe place to sleep, a warm meal, and a chance to power up devices such as cell phones.
To find an open shelter in your community this weekend, visit the Red Cross shelter map or call your local emergency management agency.
To stay safe during the cold, follow these steps:
During extremely cold weather, the risk for a fire in someone’s home can increase. To avoid fire danger, people should remember the following:
Learn more about home fire safety.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.