The Red Cross of West Michigan is opening a shelter in Van Buren County at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday due to the power outages following the severe weather on Sunday. Additionally, the Berrien County shelter will be changing locations at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Approximately 40 people have stayed in or visited Red Cross shelters since they were opened on Monday. That number is expected to grow as temperatures continue to drop and power restoration is estimated to take several days.
In addition to Berrien County, six other Red Cross shelters are open in West Michigan to provide residents with a safe and warm place to stay. A warming center has also opened at the YMCA Camp Algonquin in Barry County. The locations of the shelters are as follows:
YMCA Camp Algonquin, Open 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.
2055 Iroquois Trail, Hastings, MI 49058
American Red Cross, CLOSING at 4:00 p.m.
3838 Niles Rd.; St. Joseph, MI 49085
First Church of God, OPENING at 4:00 p.m.
2627 Niles Ave.; St. Joseph, MI 49085
American Red Cross
14600 Beadle Lake Rd.; Battle Creek, MI 49014
Dowagiac Armory Headquarters
700 W. Prairie Ronde St.; Dowagiac, MI 49047
St. Edwards Catholic Church
531 Jordan Lake St.; Lake Odessa, MI 48849
American Red Cross
5640 Venture Ct.; Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Fuller Ave Christian Reformed Church
1234 Fuller Ave SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49506
VAN BUREN COUNTY
American Red Cross, OPENING at 6:00 p.m.
301 N. Center St.; Hartford, MI 49057
The Red Cross is in communication with emergency management to see where any additional shelters may be necessary. Those seeking shelter are encouraged to bring the following items if possible: appropriate bedding, blankets, and pillows; prescription medications; personal hygiene items; a change of clothes; and any necessary items for infants or the elderly. Residents are encouraged to call 211 for assistance.
A list of open shelters is updated regularly at redcross.org/nss. In addition, available shelters can be found by downloading the free Red Cross Tornado App.
The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes. Help people recovering from disasters by donating to the Red Cross at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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 charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.