Red Cross shelters open and on stand-by in some locations
Friday, January 6, 2017 - With frigid temperatures, sleet and snow moving into metro and northern counties of the state today, Georgia's Red Cross continues to work closely with local EMAs and community organizations to monitor the threat and to support warming centers with cots, blankets and comfort kits. In addition, the Red Cross will open the following shelters tonight by 6:00 p.m.:
Red Cross Shelters Open Friday Night:
First United Methodist Church
6167 Prestley Mill Rd.
Douglasville, GA 30134
*Opening at 6pm
Gilmer County Civic Center
1561 S Main St.
Ellijay, GA 30540
Calhoun Recreation Dept.
601 S River St.
Calhoun, GA 30701
*Opening at 5pm
Additional Red Cross shelters are on standby if heavy snow brings down tree limbs and power lines, resulting in widespread outages that leave people vulnerable to freezing temperatures. The need for shelters remains fluid and updates on locations are entered regularly into the National Shelter System database, which can be accessed at http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter or by downloading our FREE Emergency App (English, Spanish)
At this time, the Red Cross urges people in the path of the storm to shelter in place where possible to avoid treacherous travel, and to check on the safety of their neighbors, especially the elderly. At least a 3-day supply of food and water for each person in the household is recommended as part of a family disaster supplies kit. Everyone should use caution to reduce the risk of home fires and the potentially damaging effects of frigid temperatures on people, pets, water pipes and more.
Responding and remaining safe during a winter storm
For expert advice on how to prepare & respond to winter weather and other disasters at your fingertips, download the FREE bilingual Red Cross Emergency App (English, Spanish) and get real-time local alerts for severe weather and hazards. Includes a map with local Red Cross shelters.
Additional Red Cross information:
* Winter Storm Safety Checklist (1 page)
Severe winter weather is compounding a winter blood shortage at the Red Cross. Eligible donors are needed when it is safe to travel. Make an appointment today by using the Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). There is currently an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all types.
Meanwhile, Tornado Relief Efforts Continue in the Albany, Georgia Area:
Following significant damage reported in several counties after severe weather and a tornado moved through Southwest Georgia earlier this week, the Red Cross is also providing support and comfort to people affected in the area. More than 40 disaster volunteers continue to assess damage to homes and help meet the urgent needs of residents. To date, the Red Cross has provided more than 1,410 meals at shelters and through mobile outreach in partnership with the Salvation Army. Another 757 bottles of water and snacks have been distributed to those impacted. More than 3,500 homes are without power and two Red Cross shelters will remain open through the weekend as needed.
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.