The American Red Cross opens emergency shelters in East Tennessee

The American Red Cross opens emergency shelters in East Tennessee
The Red Cross says the shelters will be available to stranded motorists and local residents who have lost power to their homes.

KNOXVILLE – January 24, 2013 — The American Red Cross announced on Thursday it was in the process of opening six emergency shelters in anticipation of inclement weather. The shelters will be located in Anderson, Campbell, Jefferson and Knox Counties.

Anderson County

Location 1

First United Methodist Church

1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Opens Friday 5:00 a.m.

Location 2

Anderson High School

130 Maverick Circle

Clinton, TN

Opens Friday 5:00 a.m.

Campbell County

Location 1

Caryville Elementary School

120 Cardinal Circle

Caryville, TN

Opens Friday 3:00 a.m.

Location 2

Jellico High School

141 High School Lane

Jellico, TN

Opens Friday 3:00 a.m.

Jefferson County

Location 1

Jefferson City Community Center

1247 Tennessee 92 Jefferson City, TN

Opens Friday 6:00 a.m.

Knox County

Location 1

American Red Cross

6921 Middlebrook Pike

Knoxville, TN

Open 4:00 a.m.

The Red Cross says the shelters will be available to stranded motorists and local residents who have lost power to their homes.

Storm Safety Tips

Before the Storm

People should know the difference between a winter storm watch and a warning. A watch is issued when winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. During a warning, severe weather conditions have already begun or will begin within 24 hours and people should immediately take precautions.

The Red Cross recommends having the following items on hand in a convenient spot:

  • At least a 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and non-perishable food;
  • A flashlight, battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries;
  • A well-stocked first aid kit;
  • A 7-day supply of medications and medical items; and
  • Supplies for babies and pets.
  • People can learn what to do in an emergency in case advanced medical help is delayed by taking a First Aid and CPR/AED course and by downloading the free American Red Cross First Aid App.

    When a Storm is Coming

  • Listen and watch for critical information from the National Weather Service.
  • Bring pets inside. Move other animals and livestock to sheltered areas.
  • Stay inside. If people must go out, wear warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in layers.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep emergency supplies in vehicles.
  • Additional information on what supplies to have and what to do before, during and after a winter storm is located at redcross.org/wintersafety.

    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.