The American Red Cross is opening a shelter at Iroquois Middle School, 2111 Girdle Road in Elma, as the response to the ongoing lake effect storm continues across Western New York. With a larger capacity, this location will be able to accommodate additional residents with the potential of storm-related roof collapses and flooding in the coming days, and the Red Cross will work with emergency officials to potentially consolidate current staff and resources to the Iroquois Middle School.
Red Cross staff and volunteers are currently operating six shelters across Western New York, providing cots, blankets, food, water and additional support to people that have been affected by this disaster. Those locations, along with their populations as of noon Thursday, are as follows:
• Alexander Fireman’s Recreation Hall (8 residents)
10708 Alexander Road, Alexander
• Harlem Road Community Center (31 residents)
4255 Harlem Road, Amherst
• Iroquois Middle School (just opened)
211 Girdle Road, Elma
• Lackawanna Senior Center (19 residents)
234 Martin Road, Lackawanna
• Orchard Park Presbyterian Church (91 residents)
4369 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park
• Ripley Fire Hall (3 residents)
11 South State Street, Ripley
In addition, the Red Cross is supporting relief operations being run by other organizations, and is working with emergency officials from across Western New York to respond to this ongoing event.
The Red Cross urges everyone to continue to heed travel warnings and stay off the roads if possible. Additional winter storm safety tips are available at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm. Many people have been forced to shelter in place due to this storm. Tips on what should be in a home disaster preparedness kit are available at www.redcross.org/prepare.
The American Red Cross relies upon volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For information on becoming a Red Cross volunteer, please visit www.redcross.org/ny/buffalo/volunteer. Anyone wishing to help people affected by winter storms, house fires and other disasters is asked to consider donating to the Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, visiting www.redcross.org, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to their cell phone bill.