The American Red Cross continues to operate six shelters across Western New York to help those affected by the recent lake effect storm. 76 volunteers and staff are working on the response, helping provide cots, blankets, food, water and additional support at locations across the Region. 122 people spent Thursday night at one of the following Red Cross:
In addition, the Red Cross is supporting relief operations being run by other organizations, including providing food, water, blankets and cots at Erie Community College North Campus to support visiting firefighters. Staff and volunteers remain in contact with emergency officials from across Western New York to respond to this ongoing event.
Despite the break in the weather, the Red Cross urges everyone to continue to heed travel warnings and stay off the roads if possible to allow emergency official to do their jobs. Additional winter storm safety tips are available at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm.
The Red Cross has Disaster Mental Health volunteers staffing each of their shelters to help people deal with the emotional aspect of this disaster. This is also a stressful time for many who have been forced to shelter in place due to this storm. The national Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling and emotional support for anyone experiencing distress related to natural disasters and emergencies. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746; Spanish-speakers can text “Hablanos” to 66746) are answered by trained counselors from a network of centers across the U.S. Residents with concerns regarding medication can call either 211 or 1-888-696-9211. Additional emergency preparedness tips are available at http://www.redcross.org/prepare.