Yesterday the Red Cross Central and Northern Michigan Region assisted 13 individuals overnight in shelters due to the power outages following the severe weather on Sunday. Several people have also taken advantage of the Warming Stations as a safe space to figure out next steps. The Red Cross continues to operate Emergency Warming Stations and Shelters in these following locations:
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: prescription medications; appropriate bedding, blankets, and pillows; personal hygiene items; a change of clothes; and any necessary items for infants or the elderly. Residents are encouraged to call 211 for assistance.
How can you help?
You can help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit www.redcross.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.
A list of open shelters is updated regularly at www.redcross.org/nss. In addition, available shelters can be found by downloading the free Red Cross Tornado App which also allows users to monitor weather reports.
For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: redcross.org or call 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.