Tonight the American Red Cross will continue to provide overnight shelter for people without power or heat due to the recent winter storm. As power is restored to communities and temperatures warm up, people are heading back home. As a result, a couple of overnight shelters in the Puget Sound area have closed today, and the remaining overnight shelters will close tomorrow. The Red Cross will continue to monitor outages and temperatures, and will work closely with local emergency management officials to determine ongoing disaster-related shelter needs.
Several municipalities will continue to operate warming centers. For more information, contact your local emergency management office.
“Tonight will be the third night in a row that the Red Cross has provided emergency overnight shelter,” said Randy Hutson, Regional CEO of American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters. “We’re extremely grateful to the volunteers who are working in our shelters around the clock to provide a warm place for people affected by the winter storm. We are also thankful to our government and community partners that have rallied to help the community.”
SCHEDULED TO CLOSE 1/22: Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Boulevard South, Issaquah, WA
SCHEDULED TO CLOSE 1/22: Federal Way Community Center, 876 South 33rd Street, Federal Way, WA
CLOSED: Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 3rdAvenue/Highway 169, Black Diamond, WA (Red Cross supporting with cots and blankets)
SCHEDULED TO CLOSE 1/22: McLane Black Lake Fire Station, 125 Delphi Road Northwest, Olympia, WA
SCHEDULED TO CLOSE 1/22: Moose Lodge, 1117 Yelm Avenue West, Yelm, WA
Pierce County (Red Cross is supporting the Pierce County Sheltering Program with cots, blankets, food and volunteers)
SCHEDULED TO CLOSE 1/22: Sunrise Baptist Church, 12115 Shaw Road East, Puyallup, WA
CLOSED: Buckley Hall, 127 North River Road, Buckley, WA
If someone needs to go to a shelter, they should bring prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, toiletries, important documents and other comfort items. For families with infants and children, remember to bring items such as diapers, formula and toys. Pets are not allowed in shelters except in the case of service animals for people with disabilities.
How to Help the Red Cross:
The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. All disaster assistance is free, made possible by the voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The public can help people affected by disasters like winter storms, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcrosswashington.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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