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Red Cross Continues to Operate Storm Shelters Across WNY

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The Red Cross urges everyone to heed travel warnings and stay off the roads if possible.

The American Red Cross is currently operating or supporting multiple shelters across Western New York in response to the ongoing lake effect snow event. Volunteers will have food, water, blankets, cots and additional support available at the following locations, with the number of residents as of Tuesday evening:

  • Alexander Fireman’s Recreation Hall (65+ residents)
  • Buffalo Fire (provided 50 cots, blankets and comfort kits)
  • Cheektowaga Senior Center ( 30+ residents, providing blankets only)
  • Depew Senior Center (25 residents)
  • Fredonia High School (0 residents)
  • Irving Fire Hall (5 residents)
  • Lackawanna Fire Hall (65+ residents)
  • Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corp (provided 30 cots and 40 blankets)
  • Lancaster Fire Department (20 residents, providing food only)
  • Orchard Park Presbyterian Church (110 residents)
  • Ripley Fire Hall (7 residents)
  • As this lake event snow event continues, Red Cross staff and volunteers remain in contact with emergency officials from across Western New York and are ready to respond as needed.

    The Red Cross urges everyone to heed travel warnings and stay off the roads if possible. Additional winter storm safety tips are available at

    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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.