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Red Cross Opens Two Shelters in Response to Chautauqua County Flooding

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The American Red Cross has opened two shelters overnight for by people affected by flash flooding in Chautauqua County. Volunteers are currently operating shelters located at the Brockton Central School, 138 West Main Street, Brocton, and Westfield Central School, 203 East Main Street, Westfield. Volunteers are providing a safe place to stay, food, water and support for displaced families and stranded travelers. The Red Cross remains in contact with emergency officials across Western New York and is prepared to launch an additional response as needed.

 

Downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App: The Red Cross Emergency App provides people with instant access to emergency alerts and life-saving information. Available for smart phones and tablets, it includes content on what to do before, during and after a variety of severe weather events. Users can customize more than 35 emergency weather alerts based on their location and where loved ones live.

Other features include:

·         “Make a Plan” helps families figure out what to do and where to go if a disaster strikes;

·         Preloaded emergency preparedness content is available in English And Spanish and can be accessed without mobile connectivity;

·         “Family Safe” allows people to notify loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency or disaster; and

·         A real-time map with open Red Cross shelter locations and weather information.

The app is available in app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.

The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. You can help people affected by disasters like flooding, home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support 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 redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.