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Red Cross Opens Multiple Shelters for Families Affected by Storms

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(CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 23, 2017) Working with emergency management partners, the American Red Cross Blue Ridge Piedmont and Asheville-Mountain Area Chapters are opening shelters in Caldwell, Watauga and Wilkes Counties for families impacted by today’s storms. A shelter in Rutherford County is on standby.

Red Cross disaster trained responders from across the Western North Carolina Region have been mobilized to these counties to provide relief and comfort to families impacted.

“Shelters have been opened across several counties to provide safe refuge for anyone whose home may have been impacted by storms,” said Jerri Jameson, Regional Communications Officer, Red Cross ­­Western North Carolina Region. “Tornadoes and flooding are dangerous, damaging and can be deadly. We urge our neighbors to follow guidance from local emergency management officials.”



South Caldwell High School

7035 Spartan Dr.,

Hudson, N.C. 28638



Alliance Bible Fellowship Church Hall

1035 NC Hwy. 105

Boone, N.C. 28607



Wilkes Sr. Center

228 Fairplains School Rd.

N. Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659



Ellenboro Fire Dept.

175 Depot St.

Bostic, N.C. 28018


People may check shelter availability and whether a shelter is open on the Red Cross Emergency App. It may be downloaded in your mobile phone app store or you may text “GETEMERGENCY” to 90999. Anyone considering going to the shelter in Rutherford County is urged to check this app first to confirm if the shelter has been opened.

The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:

•        Prescriptions and emergency medications

•        Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements

•        Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents

•        Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items

•        Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys

•        Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

•        Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you

•        Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself


•        Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.

•        If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

•        Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.

•        Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.

•        Stay out of damaged buildings.

•        Use battery-powered flashlights when examining buildings – do NOT use candles.

•        If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.

•        Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.

•        Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

•        Keep all your animals under your direct control.

•        Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.


•        Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive.